Moscow accused China of deploying missiles ready to target the United States
The intercontinental ballistic missiles have reportedly been moved to the northeastern Heilongjiang province bordering Russia in response to threats from Donald Trump.
Photos of the missiles, which can up to 10 nuclear warheads can hit targets up to 8,700 miles away, were reportedly leaked to Chinese media.
Konstantin Sivkov, the president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems and doctor of military science said China deployed the DF-41s with the aim to reach targets in the US, Canada and Europe.
Mr Sivkov told Russian Government owned TASS news agency: "This is an inter-continental class missile with an effective range of ten thousand to twelve thousand kilometres.
“The missile’s dead zone is no less than three thousand kilometres. A large territory of Russia, practically the entire Far East and West Siberia are not within the missile’s reach.”
The expert told TASS if China wished to threaten Russia, the missiles “should have been stationed deep inside mainland China or on its southern border”.
This is China’s response to threats pronounced by the new US president, Donald Trump
He said: "This is China’s response to threats pronounced by the new US president, Donald Trump.
“Also, Chinese missiles would be able to use a more advantageous northern strategic route for approaching targets in the United States, thus bypassing the US missile defence.”
Chinese media said DF-41s have been moved to been moved to the northeastern Heilongjiang province
Local media claims the missiles have been deployed in Daqing city in Heilongjiang as well as Xinyang in Henan province.
Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted the Kremlin does not regard China as a threat.
He said: "We do not regard China’s efforts to develop its armed forces as a threat, and even if this information about the deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles near the Russian borders is true, we see no risks for our country.
President Putin's spokesman said the Kremlin did not regard the report as a threat
A military expert said China was responding to threats from Donald Trump
"China is our strategic ally and our partner in political, trading and economic terms.
"We appreciate our relations.”
It comes as tensions escalate between China and the US over disputed islands in the South China Sea.
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Armed police officers and soldiers of a frontier inspection station drill in the snow on December 21, 2016 in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province of China
China said it has "irrefutable" sovereignty over the islands as the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: "The US is going to make sure that we protect our interests there.
"It's a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we're going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country.”