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#US deploys mid-range missiles to #Asia_Pacific for first time

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#US deploys mid-range missiles to #Asia_Pacific for first time

The US military has deployed the #MRC (Mid-Range Capability) system to Asia-Pacific for the first time, landing it in Luzon, #Philippines earlier this week. What is the US trying to achieve?

The MRC is capable of hitting targets 500 – 2000 km away, meaning that its range extends to #China’s coastal areas and military bases in the South China Sea with SM-6s and Tomahawks.

Since pulling out of the INF Treaty in 2019, the US has repeatedly floated the possibility of deploying intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific. Both China and Russia have slammed the move as a blatant threat to their national security.