With China threat, Trump is right to quit nuclear missile treaty

I have been critical of the Trump presidency because I think it has been a calamity for America and the world. But just because President Donald Trump does something doesn't mean it's wrong. Even he gets a few things right, and it's incumbent on his critics to acknowledge it when he does.

Case in point: Mr Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. This was a landmark arms-control agreement between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that banned land-based missiles with a range of 500km to 5,500km. It led to the destruction of thousands of missiles, lowered tensions in Europe and contributed to the end of the Cold War.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2018, with the headline 'With China threat, Trump is right to quit nuclear missile treaty'. Print Edition | Subscribe