Friday, July 8, 2016

China Condemns U.S. - South Korean THAAD Missile Deployment

Bloomberg: China Blasts U.S., South Korea Missile Defense Deployment

* U.S. to deploy Thaad anti-missile defense system in South
* North Korea calls U.S. sanctions on Kim a ‘declaration of war’

South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to deploy the Thaad anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean peninsula, a move that drew immediate condemnation from China.

South Korea’s military said Friday the U.S. will deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in the country by the end of 2017 at the latest. The decision was made in response to a growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea, a South Korean defense ministry official said in a televised briefing.

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More News On China Condemning U.S. - South Korean THAAD Anti-Missile Deployment

China responds to S. Korea, U.S. decision on THAAD deployment -- CRIEnglish
China urges U.S., South Korea to stop deployment of missile system -- Reuters
China says South Korea’s THAAD missile defence system could ‘seriously damage’ regional security -- South China Morning Post
China Slams US-South Korea Decision to Deploy THAAD Air Defense System -- Sputnik

1 comment:

B.Poster said...

South Korea isn't going to attack China. The United States isn't going to attack China. The combined forces of the United States and South Korea could not expect to prevail in a war with North Korea. As such, there is no possibility of beating a major power like China in an armed conflict. (Of course Red Sea could part again or something comparable could happen but it seems imprudent to base foreign policy on the assumptions that such tings are going to happen.)

This THAAD system or whatever it is will not change the balance of power. As such, it is hard to imagine why China is concerned as such a system might slow down North Korea but cannot defeat them and there is no way such a system could deter a major military power like China.

The THAAD system in concert with more conciliatory policies toward China might be enough to defuse tensions and prevent war as this system may make things pyric enough for China or their North Korean allies to attack and in concert with the more conciliatory polices there may be hope.