Bei­jing looks to safe­guard re­gion’s par­ity

Mil­i­tary weighs ‘nec­es­sary mea­sures’ for na­tional se­cu­rity, strate­gic bal­ance

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI XIAOKUN in Bei­jing lix­i­aokun@chi­ Ren Qi con­trib­uted to this story.

The Chi­nese mil­i­tary said on Thurs­day that it will con­sider tak­ing “nec­es­sary mea­sures” to pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity and re­gional strate­gic bal­ance, in re­sponse to the de­ci­sion by the United States and the Repub­lic of Korea to de­ploy an ad­vanced mis­sile de­fense sys­tem in the ROK.

China seeks de­vel­op­ment of its own mis­sile de­fense sys­tem, De­fense Min­istry spokesman Yang Yu­jun con­firmed at a monthly news con­fer­ence.

“We will closely fol­low rel­a­tive moves of the US and the ROK and will con­sider tak­ing nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­tect na­tional strate­gic se­cu­rity and re­gional strate­gic bal­ance,” Yang said.

Yang also re­sponded to a re­port on Mon­day in PLA Daily that quoted mis­sile de­fense ex­pert Chen Dem­ing as say­ing that Bei­jing has the ca­pa­bil­i­ties for a land-based de­fense sys­tem to in­ter­cept mis­siles mid­way.

“China seeks mod­er­ate de­vel­op­ment of its anti-mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties to pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity and raise de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It is not tar­get­ing any coun­try or tar­get and will not im­pact global strate­gic sta­bil­ity,” Yang said.

Washington and Seoul said in a joint an­nounce­ment on July 8 that the Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fense sys­tem will be de­ployed to deal with the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile threats.

China and Rus­sia ex­pressed strong op­po­si­tion to the sys­tem, whose radar will be ca­pa­ble of mon­i­tor­ing mis­siles in the two coun­tries.

Xie Yongliang, an ex­pert at the PLA’s Academy of Mil­i­tary Sci­ence, said the re­peated suc­cess of China’s mid­course mis­sile de­fense tests shows that “China has fully grasped key tech­nolo­gies about anti-bal­lis­tic mis­siles”.

Ruan Zongze, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said it is un­wise for Seoul to ac­cept the de­ploy­ment of THAAD on its ter­ri­tory.

We will closely fol­low rel­a­tive moves of the US and the ROK.” Yang Yu­jun, De­fense Min­istry spokesman

“China and Rus­sia will cer­tainly strengthen mil­i­tary im­ple­men­ta­tion tar­geted at the THAAD sys­tem, which will ac­tu­ally push the ROK to the front line of con­fronta­tion of ma­jor pow­ers”.

Yang also an­nounced that China and Rus­sia have de­cided to hold a joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in the South China Sea in Septem­ber. He said the “rou­tine” ex­er­cise will deepen ties be­tween the two na­tions and two mil­i­taries and “strengthen the two navies’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties to jointly han­dle se­cu­rity threats from the sea”, ad­ding that it is not tar­geted at third par­ties.

China and Rus­sia have held mar­itime ex­er­cises an­nu­ally since 2012.

Vladimir Petro­vsky, a re­searcher at the In­sti­tute of Far Eastern Stud­ies of the Rus­sian Academy of Sci­ences, said the re­gional tensions have be­come a com­mon con­cern for both coun­tries, and mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion such as joint drills is a good way to re­spond.

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