PLA Daily: U.S., ROK must stop deployment of THAAD missile battery

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-07-29 17:37

BEIJING, July 27 (ChinaMil) -- The U.S. and ROK decided July 13 to deploy the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile battery in Seongju, ROK's North Gyeongsang Province.

This was strongly opposed by countries including China and Russia because it will not only add new risks on the Korean Peninsula, but also seriously impair the strategic security interests of Northeast Asian countries and regional strategic balance.

The U.S. is so eager to deploy THAAD missile battery in ROK because it has ulterior motives.

THAAD missile battery has a radar detection range of 1,000-2,000km and minimal firing range of 40km. Given the geographical environment on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. and ROK's claim that the deployment is to "deal with nuclear threat from DPRK" without "targeting any third country" is too lame and hypocritical.

We want to make the following solemn statement: the U.S. and ROK must stop the deployment of THAAD missile battery, not take any action that will complicate the regional situation or do anything that will damage the strategic security interests of Asian Pacific countries.

China adheres to the path of peaceful development, but it won't eat humble pie in face of provocations. No one should underestimate China's resolve and will to defend national security interests.

The People's Republic of China didn't bow to power or hegemony at its weakest moment when it was just founded, and the Chinese military defeated the well-equipped "United Nations troops" in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.

Today Chinese people and Chinese military are even more resolved and capable of defending national security interests.

The U.S. should understand that forcing to deploy the THAAD missile battery will seriously damage its strategic mutual trust with China and this move goes counter to their efforts to build a new model of China-U.S. major-country relationship and a new model of mil-to-mil relation that's consistent with it.

The U.S. shouldn't base its security on the insecurity of other countries, or damage other countries' legitimate security interest under the pretext of security threat. What the U.S. did was both wrong and short-sighted.

The path it chose - a path of confrontation rather than collaboration - will aggravate regional tension and confrontation, shake the global strategic stability and even trigger a new round of arms race, none of which complies with the global trend of peace and development.

The ROK should be aware that weapons like THAAD missile battery or the U.S. that's thousands of miles away cannot really guarantee its security. The only way to do that is good relations with its neighboring countries.

Agreeing to deploy THAAD missile battery and reducing itself to be a cat's-paw for United States' "Asia Pacific rebalancing" strategy is like inviting a wolf into its house, which will prove detrimental both for ROK and other Asian Pacific countries.

Some people with vision in the ROK pointed out that if THAAD missile battery were deployed in the country, it would not only harm ROK's relation with China and Russia, but also take a toll on regional stability and ROK's own security.

China always upholds the policy of "building friendship and partnership with neighboring countries" in neighboring diplomacy, but it won't put up with anything that damages its strategic security interests.

"Zero sum mindset" no longer works in today's world and hegemonistic actions are opposed by all.

History of international relations has long proven that while making trouble for others, one also makes trouble for itself, and one cannot ensure its own lasting security by sacrificing other countries'.

The Chinese people and Chinese military don’t believe in fallacy and are not afraid of evil forces. They never wish to make trouble, but they are not afraid when trouble comes its way either.

China has no intention of engaging in an arms race with any country, but it will resolutely defend its security interests.

If the U.S. wants to play a dangerous game by deploying THAAD missile battery in ROK, it will only end up shooting itself in the foot, and if ROK insists on going down the wrong path, it will open the Pandora's Box of a Northeast Asian crisis and have to bear the consequences itself.

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