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Senior White House official cites China threat to justify U.S. departure from nuclear pact

  • October 29, 2018
  • , Nikkei
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Monday’s Nikkei front-paged remarks made during the Mount Fuji Dialogue on Sunday by Assistant to the Vice President Tom Rose, who explained that President Trump has decided to pull the U.S. out of the INF Treaty partly to counter the growing threat posed by China. He was quoted as saying: “The treaty was created in a different era. Russia has been violating it…. China is increasing its intermediate range ballistic missiles that are said to be capable of hitting Guam.” While noting that China has not been abiding by international rules when it comes to trade and that the U.S. has been victimized by its intellectual property theft and unfair trade practices, the senior White House official said it is inaccurate to characterize the current Sino-American relationship as a “new cold war.” He stressed that unlike the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the economic and cultural connections between the U.S. and China are very strong.   

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