China, Rus­sia op­pose THAAD

US anti-mis­sile sys­tem un­der­mines global se­cu­rity

Global Times - Weekend - - TOP NEWS - By Li Xi

The mil­i­taries of China and Rus­sia re­it­er­ated their op­po­si­tion to US de­ploy­ment of the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD) anti-mis­sile sys­tem in South Korea dur­ing a joint press brief­ing on the global and re­gional anti-mis­sile sit­u­a­tion, a sig­nal that the two coun­tries will co­op­er­ate more against mis­siles in the fu­ture to re­store the strate­gic bal­ance in North­east Asia, ex­perts said Fri­day.

“The US de­ci­sion to de­ploy THAAD in South Korea will se­verely dam­age China’s and Rus­sia’s na­tional in­ter­ests. China firmly urges the US and South Korea to pay at­ten­tion to the se­cu­rity con­cerns of coun­tries in the re­gion and with­draw the wrong de­ci­sion and rel­e­vant equip­ment,” said Zhou Shang­ping, a se­nior of­fi­cer from the Joint Staff De­part­ment un­der China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion at a joint press brief­ing by the Chi­nese and Rus­sian mil­i­taries while at­tend­ing meet­ings of the First Com­mit­tee of the UN on Thurs­day.

The anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile is­sue is closely re­lated to pro­mot­ing dis­ar­ma­ment, pre­vent­ing a space arms race and safe­guard­ing the global strate­gic bal­ance, Zhou said.

De­vel­op­ing a global anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile sys­tem and seek­ing se­cu­rity at the sac­ri­fice of other coun­tries’ se­cu­rity would dam­age the over­all global se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and lead to an arms race, Zhou said.

Alexan­der Emelianov, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Rus­sian Min­istry of De­fense, said at the brief­ing that global se­cu­rity has be­come un­sta­ble since the Anti-Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Treaty lost ef­fi­cacy in 2002.

“The US global anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile sys­tem is tar­get­ing Rus­sia and China and will grad­u­ally un­der­mine the global se­cu­rity sys­tem and threaten global space ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said,Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported on its web­site.

This is the third press brief­ing on anti-bal­lis­tic mis­siles by China and Rus­sia this year.

This press brief­ing “sent a sig­nal that China and Rus­sia will strengthen mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially on anti-bal­lis­tic mis­siles as a coun­ter­mea­sure to THAAD,” Da Zhi­gang, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of North­east Asian Stud­ies at the Hei­longjiang Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

“Con­sid­er­ing the strained sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula, China and Rus­sia’s co­op­er­a­tion in the anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile field will help safe­guard sta­bil­ity in the re­gion as it will re­store the strate­gic bal­ance to some ex­tent,” he said.

Lü Chao, a re­search fel­low at the Liaon­ing Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, agreed with Da. Lü said that the brief­ing was a warn­ing to South Korea that its ties with China and Rus­sia would be se­verely dam­aged by THAAD.

“China’s and Rus­sia’s op­po­si­tion to THAAD is right­eous and self­de­fen­sive as the move has af­fected the two coun­tries’ na­tional in­ter­ests and bro­ken the strate­gic bal­ance in North­east Asia,” Lü said.

Com­pared to Chi­nese and Rus­sian ef­forts to solve the North Korean nu­clear is­sue, the US and its al­lies are dam­ag­ing the sit­u­a­tion by im­pos­ing mil­i­tary threats and wag­ing ver­bal bat­tles, Lü said.

China said Thurs­day it hopes all par­ties re­spond pos­i­tively to the Sino-Rus­sian pro­pos­als to re­solve the nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula.

For­eign min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing was re­spond­ing to North Korea For­eign Min­is­ter Ri Yong-ho say­ing his coun­try wouldn’t ac­cept pro­pos­als from China and Rus­sia.

“The joint pro­pos­als of China and Rus­sia are rea­son­able as they ac­com­mo­date the con­cerns of all par­ties in a bal­anced way, help­ful to get out of the cur­rent predica­ment and of­fer a path to re­sum­ing di­a­logue,” Hua told a rou­tine press brief­ing in Bei­jing.

China and Rus­sia called on all rel­e­vant par­ties to con­sider China’s dual track ap­proach and sus­pen­sion for sus­pen­sion ini­tia­tive as well as Rus­sia’s step-by-step ap­proach.

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