China warns against missile defence systems

12-08-2009

The Chinese foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, warned on Wednesday that there was a "looming danger" of an arms race in outer space and urged countries not to deploy missile defence systems that could undermine global security. Speaking at a disarmament conference in Geneva, the Chinese official said that the practice of seeking absolute strategic advantage should be abandoned. US President Barack Obama has been reviewing a planned missile defence shield championed by his predecessor, which would be based in the Czech Republic and Poland. The project remains a major source of tension with Russia which threatened to aim its missiles at the installations, once they are completed.