US de­fence sys­tem harms sta­bil­ity China

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BEI­JING: The US de­ploy­ment of an ad­vanced anti-mis­sile sys­tem in South Korea gravely harmed the strate­gic se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of China, Russia and other coun­tries in the re­gion, said Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

In an in­ter­view with Rus­sian me­dia pub­lished yes­ter­day, Xi said the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fence in­stal­la­tion jeop­ar­dised the strate­gic bal­ance in the re­gion, and was un­help­ful to de­nu­cle­aris­ing the Korean Peninsula and main­tain­ing re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity.

China and Russia had kept close com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co-or­di­na­tion at var­i­ous levels on the is­sue, and held very sim­i­lar views on its essence and dam­age, said Xi, whose coun­try has re­jected the move.

He sug­gested that the rel­e­vant coun­tries can­cel the in­stal­la­tion. Xin­hua

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