A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo
Reuters: Chinese wary about U.S. missile system because capabilities unknown: experts
China is steadfastly opposed to the deployment of advanced U.S. anti-missile radars in South Korea because it does not know whether the defenses, intended for North Korean missiles, are capable of tracking and countering Beijing's own nuclear program, experts say.
Beijing's resistance to the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile system put up south of Seoul has become a major thorn in bilateral ties with the United States and is bound to be discussed at this week's summit meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump. (For a graphic on THAAD missile defense system click tmsnrt.rs/2nxSpbA)
While the United States says THAAD is needed to protect Seoul from the threat posed by North Korea's growing nuclear and missile programs, some Chinese strategists believe it is also a threat to the viability of China's nuclear deterrent.
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WNU Editor: Russia has the same objections as China .... Russia opposes THAAD defense system in Korea (UPI)
More News On China's Opposition To The Deployment Of THAAD In South Korea
Chinese Defense Ministry: Opposition to THAAD 'Will Definitely Not Stay On Words Only' -- The Diplomat
Thaad deployment begins months earlier than expected -- Korea JoongAng Daily
Next World War? China Objects THAAD In South Korea As Its Unaware Of US Anti-Missile System's Capabilities -- International Business Times
The Real Reason China Is Desperate to Stop THAAD -- Grant Newsham, National Interest
Explaining Thaad, and Why It So Bothers China: QuickTake Q&A -- Bloomberg