BBC Chinese recently reported that Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, urged the United States to give up its plan to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea. Wang suggested that the system would be a “threat” to China’s national security and it would be “way beyond the need” for defending South Korea. After North Korea’s long range missile test earlier this month, the United States and South Korea announced a joint plan to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. Both China and Russia complained some time back that the THAAD radar system can penetrate deep into the two countries. The U.S. and South Korea said the the purpose of the THAAD system is to protect South Korea from the threat of the North. It is not against China or any other countries. However, Wang insisted that the United States should reconsider the decision since the THAAD coverage is very wide and even “an average person” can tell that the system does more than just protect South Korea.
Source: BBC Chinese, February 12, 2016