Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Thursday, December 13, 2001
Pakistan Media: US to Deploy NMD in Afghanistan to Contain China
According to a report from Pakistan Frontier Post, as the American forces successfully set foot in Afghanistan, Washington may deploy NMD in Afghanistan to control China in the battlefront, sources said.
Sources say that "America comes to Afghanistan with many aims", first, the United States wants to control the flow of natural resources from Central Asian countries into China via Afghanistan, so that it could restrain China's increasing economic and military influence. Second, it wants to deploy NMD in Afghanistan. The sources also said that the United States would carry out those targets after Afghanistan's situation is stabilized in the coming two years.
China holds that all sides should seek solutions through careful and serious dialogue to safeguard security and benefit each side, and not harm the international disarmament and arms control, she said.
The development and deployment of the national missile defense system (NMD) by the United States will undermine global strategic balance and stability and threaten international peace and stability, a Chinese official said September 14.
"Once NMD is deployed, the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems (ABM Treaty) will be dead in essence," said Chinese Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) Hu Xiaodi at the CD plenary.