The footage was revealed as China suggested they would hit back with “countermeasures” if the US deployed mussels in the region. Tensions in the South China Sea have risen in recent months, particularly amid an ongoing trade war between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. And Washington’s suggestion of placing missiles in Asia to counter any perceived Chinese threat was last week met with fury.
Arms control official Fu Cong said: “We call on the US to exercise restraint.
“China will not stand idly by and will be forced to take countermeasures if the US deploys intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world.”
Defence Secretary Mark Esper hinted earlier this month that Washington wants to quickly deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Asia.
He told reporters: “Yes I would like to.”
He added: “We would like to deploy a capability sooner rather than later.
“I would prefer months… But these things tend to take longer than you expect.”
He also suggested China should not be surprised by the US plans.
He said: “That should be no surprise because we have been talking about that for some time now.
“Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise.
“The US will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia.
“Russia’s noncompliance under the treaty jeopardizes U.S. supreme interests as Russia’s development and fielding of a treaty-violating missile system represents a direct threat to the United States and our allies and partners.”