China Warns of Retaliation Over THAAD Deployment

  • By Byun Hee-won

    August 03, 2017 11:28

    Chinese state media on Wednesday warned of military and diplomatic repercussions if South Korea fully deploys a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery.

    The Global Times, an English-language government mouthpiece, on Wednesday quoted Jin Jingyi at Peking University as saying, "If THAAD is successfully deployed in South Korea, the relations between China and South Korea will be gravely damaged as the system poses severe threat to China's military and national security in a long term."

    And Lü Chao, a researcher at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the paper, "Countermeasures from China, including diplomatic and military measures, will follow the deployment, as China will not allow its national security to be violated."

    He said the new government in Seoul "is fully aware of the fact that whether THAAD could effectively intercept a medium-range missile from North Korea remains uncertain, and it also knows the impact of the system on China, which has made China feel more disappointed."

    So far only two of six interceptor launchers have been deployed, but Cheong Wa Dae said after North Korea's latest missile test that the deployment of the other four can go ahead even while a procedural review is underway.

    China has so far resorted to an unofficial boycott of South Korean goods and services that has sent exports to the world's biggest market plunging and dramatically slashed tourist numbers from China.

    Meanwhile, Japanese broadcaster NHK on Wednesday quoted U.S. government officials as saying that the Chinese military has been holding missile drills in northern China at targets resembling American missile interceptors and F-22 fighter jets.

    "China conducted the drills because it is fully aware that the U.S. is watching," an official said. "The exercises appear aimed at flaunting China's ability to destroy the THAAD battery."

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