Expert: China, Russia should take concerted action against THAAD threat

China Military Online
Yao Jianing

BEIJING, April 1 (ChinaMil) -- The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on March 29, 2016, that as long as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to pursue nuclear and missile development programs, it is inevitable to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula even though China is against the deployment, according to Yonhap News Agency of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Su Hao, director of the Center for Strategic and Conflict Studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said in an interview with Russian media on March 31 that the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system is a strategic issue involving peace and stability of Northeast Asia.

The deployment is beyond the normal needs for defense of the Korean Peninsula and it threatens national security and interests of China and Russia and sabotages the strategic stability in the region, Su Hao continued.

Su said that China and Russia need more in-depth communication and exchange and should take coordinate actions. At the same time, China and Russia should express serious concerns to the U.S. and the ROK.

He pointed out that such comments by a high-level U.S. official is very irresponsible, and is contrary to the spirit to reach understanding on major events between China and the United States. This is, at present, just a statement by an U.S. official, not the final action and China and Russia should closely observe it.

Su added that China needs to consider the specific response measures based on the behavior of the United States. Moreover, China will express serious concerns to the U.S. and the ROK through various channels.

In recent years, the development of the strategic partnership between China and the ROK has achieved progress. However, China will directly respond to the ROK in the event of an incident that directly harms China’s interests. As for how to deal with the ROK, the Chinese side will certainly have appropriate measures to tackle the results generated by the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system.

Speaking of whether the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system affects the implementation of the UN sanctions against the DPRK, Su believed that the sanctions are issued by the UN and the document is signed by all parties, therefore, it is not appropriate to give up the implementation of the resolution.

How to deal with the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system is not directly related to the sanctions because the sanctions aim to safeguard the authority of the UN and punish the DPRK as it violated the UN resolutions, Su said.

The DPRK conducted the fourth nuclear test on January 6 and launched a satellite with a launch vehicle that is capable of conducting nuclear strike against target 12,000 km away on February 7. All these led to heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on March 2 to implement a series of sanctions to curb the DPRK's nuclear and missile development programs, and called for the resumption of Six-Party Talks.

The resolution requires all countries to stop the transportation of articles that could be used for such programs to the DPRK, tighten the arms embargo against the DPRK and freeze financial assets that may be related to such programs.

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