Beijing

Dismissing the recent Pentagon report that the Peoples Liberation Army ( PLA) has deployed nuclear capable missiles against India as ” unfounded” and ” contrary to facts”, China today said the claims were made with ” ulterio

r motives”. ” Such comments are unfounded.

Both China and India have always been committed to developing strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity”, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a statement to PTI here.

” For many years, through the joint efforts made by two sides, China and India border areas have maintained peace and tranquility on the whole,” the spokesperson said when asked to comment on the Pentagons report.

The Pentagon report, titled alt39 Military and Security Developments Involving the Peoples Republic of Chinaalt39 had said China has deployed more advanced and survivable solid- fuel nuclear capable CSS- 5 MRBM missiles against India as a alt39 deterrent posturealt39. ” Such comments are contrary to the fact and have been made with ulterior motives”, the brief communication said without elaborating.

This is the first time that China has reacted to the specific charge made by Pentagon on August 25 though Beijing has already protested to US voicing ” strong dissatisfaction” and ” firm opposition” to the report as a whole.

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