“We strongly protest the US plans to deploy medium-range missiles in Asia. Such actions by the United States can only harm the interests of the states of the region in the field of security, as well as damage regional peace and stability, ”TASS quoted the representative of the Chinese defense department.

The Defense Ministry also said that "China’s determination to uphold its national security interests is unshakable."

Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry promised to respond in the event of the deployment of US missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

In turn, US Presidential Assistant for National Security John Bolton expressed dissatisfaction with China’s behavior in the South China Sea.