Beijing insisted on Wednesday if such a deal was reached it would not sit by. Japan is a historic ally of the United States. Defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a press conference: “In the meantime, China hopes Japan and other countries can take regional peace and stability into consideration, act prudently and say no to the US – which wants to deploy intermediate-range missiles on their land – so they don’t fall victim to a US geopolitical plot in the region.”
The foreign ministry urged Japan to stick to the “exclusively defence-oriented” policy set in the Japanese Constitution.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman, explained: “Because of historical reasons, Japan’s military security trends have always received the attention of the international community and its Asian neighbours.
“We urge Japan to earnestly learn the lessons of history.”
In August, the US withdrew from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The treaty was agreed to by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.
The treaty banned all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500km and 5,500km.
These intermediate range missiles are thought to be highly dangerous as they can carry multiple nuclear warheads.
They are also in the air for a short amount of time, making them harder to detect.
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The US already has an overseas military base in Japan.
United States Forces Japan is based at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.
China and Japan have historically had a difficult relationship.
However, in 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to deepen cooperation.
Mr Abe said: “As major economic powers of the region, China and Japan should take the responsibility to play constructive roles in safeguarding peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region and the world.”
The two met on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
But Xi urged Tokyo to properly handle “sensitive issues over history and Taiwan to forge a good atmosphere and to continue expanding common interest”.
Huang Dahui, a professor of Japanese studies at Renmin University, explained: “China and Japan are two beneficiaries of global free trade, and Trump’s policy has actually pushed China and Japan closer.”
Donald Trump has placed tariffs on Chinese goods.