Friday, May 23, 2008

China, Russia condemn US missile defense

BEIJING - The presidents of China and Russia have condemned a U.S. plan for a global missile defense system.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev say in a joint statement that the plan "does not help to maintain strategic balance and stability or strengthen international efforts to control nonproliferation."

Medvedev arrived Friday in Beijing on his first overseas trip since his inauguration this month. Moscow and Beijing have formed closer ties in recent years as part of their efforts to counterbalance Washington's global dominance.

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