China’s attitudes toward missile defense and its limitation

By Li Bin, June 28, 2018

A Chinese HQ-9 air defense missile launcher, pictured in 2009.A Chinese HQ-9 air defense missile launcher, pictured in 2009.

If there were to be a new international agreement to limit certain aspects of missile defense, it could reduce suspicion and competition among the United States, Russia, China, and other relevant parties. But the types of missile defense limitations that might be of interest to China – including agreements on numbers of missile interceptors, on the non-weaponization of space, and on elimination of ground-based midcourse defenses – involve policy changes that the United States has opposed in recent years.

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