Russia and China accuse US of stoking tensions with missile test Aug 21, 2019 0 1049 12345 ReutersMOSCOWRussia and China accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but the foreign ministry in Moscow said it would not be drawn into an arms race.The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally-configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km of flight, its first such test since the demise of a landmark nuclear pact this month.Washington had “obviously taken the course of escalating military tensions,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia would, however, not allow itself “to be pulled into a costly arms race” and did not plan to deploy new missiles unless US did so first, he was quoted as saying by TASS news agency. China also expressed concern. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the test showed the United States was stoking a new arms race and confrontation, which would have a serious negative impact on regional and global security.“We advise US side to abandon outdated notions of Cold War thinking and zero-sum games, and exercise restraint in developing arms,” Geng said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India’s Moon probe Chandrayaan 2 enters lunar orbit Aug 21, 2019 0 253 UN, B’desh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar Aug 21, 2019 0 248 Philippines’ Duterte warns of ‘unfriendly’ greeting for uninvited warships Aug 21, 2019 0 769 HK leader says dialogue and ‘mutual respect’ offer way out of chaos Reuters HONG KONG Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of efforts to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide “a way .. More arrests in Indian Kashmir as schools remain deserted Reuters SRINAGAR Security forces detained 30 people overnight in Indian Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, local officials said on Tuesday, seeking to keep a tight lid on protests over the federal government’s decision .. Soldier killed, 4 injured in Kashmir border clashes, says Indian army New Delhi: An Indian soldier was killed and four more were injured as Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian frontier posts in the disputed Kashmir region on Tuesday, India’s army confirmed. India claims it retaliated .. Sri Lanka rejects international criticism of new army chief Colombo: Sri Lanka Tuesday rejected as “unwarranted and unacceptable” mounting international criticism of the appointment of a general accused of war crimes as the island nation’s army chief. The foreign ministry .. Philippine army plans schools, varsities deployment to counter rebel recruitment Manila: The Philippine military plans to deploy soldiers to colleges and universities in a bid to counter alleged efforts by communist rebels to recruit students through front organizations, a spokesman said on .. Britain concerned at reports HK consulate worker held in China HONG KONG: Britain said on Tuesday it was “extremely concerned” by reports that a staff member at the consulate in its former colony of Hong Kong had been detained in mainland China. Simon Cheng did not return to work on Aug. ..