Russian media conducted an interview of Chinese President Xi Jinping on the eve of his visit to Russia. In the interview, Xi Jinping explicitly criticized the “THAAD” anti-missile system and warned that China would join forces with Russia to counter against “THAAD.”
Xi Jinping pointed out that the deployment of the “Sad” anti-missile system in Korea seriously damaged the strategic interests of the affected countries, including China and Russia. He said that undermining the regional strategic balance does not do any good and does not contribute to achieving the goals of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and of regional peace and stability and that the Chinese side has expressed its firm opposition and solemn concern.
Although officially, China has been attacking “THAAD” with stern criticism, this is the first that time Xi Jinping, as China’s top leader, has directly criticized the defense system’s use against the North Korean missile threat.
In addition, Xi Jinping also said that China and Russia will maintain close communication and coordination at all levels on the “THAAD” issue. The two sides are highly consistent on the nature of this issue and on the harm it generates. Russia clearly understood and supported (China’s stance). Both China and Russia have the same or similar positions.
Source: Duowei News, July 3, 2017