At a recent press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei expressed [China’s] concern regarding the issue that the U.S. military is deployed at the Japanese Air Self Defense Force military base in Kyoto. Hong said, "The Chinese side believes that some individual country or group is using the excuse of North Korean nuclear and missile threats to unilaterally deploy anti-ballistic missile systems or conduct group cooperation. This will not help solve the problem of regional [nuclear] proliferation and is not conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”
On September 24, 2013, a Chinese radar and missile expert, who did not want to disclose his name, told a Global Times reporter that X-band radar is an important part of the U.S. anti-missile system. After deployment in Japan, it will further expand its coverage of reconnaissance and surveillance. It can detect ballistic missiles that the target countries launch from multiple directions. Apart from the main goal of monitoring space objects, X-band radar can also, theoretically, detect and monitor China’s drones in the waters near the Diaoyu Islands. The expert said that the U.S.-Japan missile defense system is actually deployed against China using the excuse of North Korea’s ballistic missile threat. North Korea’s ballistic missiles, from the quantity to the range or quality, are all questionable. They are not worth so much energy and attention. The U.S. and Japan have their ulterior motives.
Source: People’s Daily, September 25, 2013