Source: Xinhua 2016-05-13 15:52:43
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Xinhua) — China has reiterated its staunch opposition to Washington’s planned deployment of an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong on Thursday conveyed the message to his counterpart, Rose Gottemoeller, in an arms control dialogue in Washington.
The United States began to plan the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system in South Korea after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched in early February a rocket, which was seen as a long-range ballistic missile launch.
The U.S. missile shield can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.
China has repeatedly and unequivocally expressed its opposition to the plan, saying that such a move will exacerbate regional tensions and seriously harm the strategic security interests of China and other countries in the region.
In the dialogue, the two sides exchanged in-depth views on regional and global security issues of common concern, including global nuclear governance, outer space safety, missile defense, and non-proliferation.
The next round of dialogue will be held in the second half of this year.
The concern from China is not the missile itself but the radar which has a range of 1,000 km which can see deep into China.
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Chinese military observers said Beijing’s response reflected concerns the system would view the PLA’s operations over the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea in greater detail and eventually further unite South Korea, Japan and the US in a defence alliance.
With radars that can reach up to 4,000km away, a THAAD system based in South Korea would severely compromise China’s controversial air defence zone.
They also warned that the system could prompt China and Russia to stockpile ballistic missiles and deploy more nuclear-powered submarines as counterbalances.
South Korea was spurred to restart the formal talks after North Korea conducted a rocket launch on Sunday, ramping up tensions in the region and underscoring the security threat posed by Seoul’s unpredictable neighbour.
China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced grave concerns about the revived talks, saying the system would not help maintain regional peace or stability, nor lead to a proper resolution of the situation. Foreign Vice-Minister Liu Zhenmin (劉振民) summoned Seoul’s envoy to China, Kim Jang-soo, and state media chimed in, insisting THAAD would “do more harm than good”. @scmp.com
See details of THAAD missile system: HERE