Anti-mis­sile sys­tems upset ‘com­mon se­cu­rity’

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By HONG XIAO at United Na­tions xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The de­vel­op­ment of mis­sile de­fense sys­tems should be sub­ject to in­ter­na­tional law, with the safe­guard­ing of a “com­mon se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment” as a pre­con­di­tion, a Chi­nese mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day at a China-Rus­sia joint brief­ing at the United Na­tions.

“Rel­e­vant coun­tries should rec­og­nize safe­guard­ing com­mon se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment as the over­rid­ing in­ter­est, stop de­vel­op­ing mis­sile de­fense sys­tems in­com­pat­i­ble with the ac­tual threats they face, and avoid harm­ing the se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of other rel­e­vant par­ties,” said Zhou Shang­ping, Chi­nese rep­re­sen­ta­tive and deputy di­rec­tor of the Op­er­a­tion Bu­reau of the Joint Staff De­part­ment of China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion. Zhou spoke at a brief­ing on the side­lines of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

De­spite China’s ob­jec­tions, the United States and the Repub­lic of Korea be­gan in­stalling the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense an­timis­sile sys­tem in the ROK this year, with more mis­sile in­ter­cep­tors planned.

It was the third brief­ing that Chi­nese and Rus­sian mil­i­tary of­fi­cials have jointly held on the anti-mis­sile is­sue this year.

The anti-mis­sile is­sue has a pro­found and long-term im­pact on global strate­gic bal­ance and sta­bil­ity, peace and se­cu­rity, as well as arms con­trol and the dis­ar­ma­ment process, Zhou said.

Seek­ing ab­so­lute se­cu­rity of one’s own at the cost of the se­cu­rity of oth­ers by de­vel­op­ing a global mis­sile de­fense sys­tem in­evitably ex­ac­er­bates the in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment, dis­rupts global strate­gic bal­ance and sta­bil­ity and can trig­ger con­fronta­tion or even an arms race, Zhou said.

He said he hopes all coun­tries start from the per­spec­tive of main­tain­ing global and re­gional strate­gic sta­bil­ity and en­hanc­ing strate­gic mu­tual trust among coun­tries.

The US de­ploy­ment of mis­sile de­fense sys­tems in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion se­ri­ously jeop­ar­dizes the strate­gic in­ter­ests of China, Rus­sia and other coun­tries, Zhou said.

“China strongly urges the US and the ROK to at­tend to the strate­gic se­cu­rity in­ter­ests and con­cerns of coun­tries, in­clud­ing China and Rus­sia, and take back their wrong de­ci­sion and with­draw rel­e­vant fa­cil­i­ties,” Zhou said.

Alek­sandr Emelianov of the Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion com­mit­tee said the de­vel­op­ment of the global anti-mis­sile sys­tem is a ma­jor is­sue of in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and has a pro­found im­pact on the proc- ess of nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment and strate­gic sta­bil­ity.

Emelianov said the United States’ uni­lat­eral with­drawal from the Anti-Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Treaty and its es­tab­lish­ment of a global anti-mis­sile sys­tem have un­der­mined the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity sys­tem and bro­ken the strate­gic bal­ance. He said this could lead to an arms race that would gen­er­ate un­pre­dictable con­se­quences, in­clud­ing low­er­ing the thresh­old for the use of nu­clear weapons.

LI MUZI / XIN­HUA

Zhou Shang­ping, China’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and Alek­sandr Emelianov, rep­re­sent­ing Rus­sia, ad­dress the me­dia at a China-Rus­sia joint brief­ing at the United Na­tions on Thurs­day.

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