Russia Touts China ‘Special Relationship’ on Missile Detection System

Concern over US arms is driving major powers closer together

Announcements earlier this week that Russia and China have decided to work together on a mutual missile detection system to detect inbound US arms, a move that comes after the latest US ICBM test, is being presented by Russia as proof of a “special relationship” between the two nations.

Between US long-range tests and the US withdrawing from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and beginning to talk of new developments of arms on that front, both China and Russia are keenly aware they may become targets of a US arms race. This mutual danger is bringing them inevitably closer together.

China, for its part, has also said it wants to join the Arms Trade Treaty to get itself into line with international expectations. President Trump has vowed to withdraw any US signature to the treaty, and NRA opposition kept the Senate from ever ratifying it.

The treaty is intended to prevent arms trade fueling war crimes around the world, which is particularly problematic for the US and its huge arms trade to Saudi Arabia and other nations with checkered histories.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of