Xinhua published a commentary on the U.S. deployment of its anti-missile system in East Asia. The following is an excerpt from the Xinhua article:
“Recently, the United States media disclosed, one after another, that the United States is considering deploying its terminal high altitude area defense (THAAD) system in Korea. The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has publicly vowed to strengthen missile defense cooperation with Korea. Seeking to strengthen anti-missile deployment in East Asia is another major trend for the United States."
“From the current situation in the Asia-Pacific region and the background of the U.S. promoting a ‘rebalancing Asia’ strategy, the United States is trying to achieve three main objectives.”
“First, through deploying its anti-missile facilities in Korea, it can advance the layout of its East Asian missile defense systems, thus boosting U.S.-Japan-Korea trilateral military cooperation.
“Second, the United States can defend any ‘missile threat’ from related countries [North Korea and Russia].
“Third, the United States is using cooperation on missile defense in the region in an attempt to sell arms.”
“The U.S. deployment of an East Asia anti-missile network will have multiple negative impacts in the region. “The biggest impact will be the destruction of strategic stability in Northeast Asia and the subversion of China’s national security. Since 2013, the United States has been advancing East Asian missile defense deployment continuously. Compared to the other military measures of the U. S. ‘rebalancing Asia’ strategy, deploying its anti-missile system, if it continues, will present China with more real and more profound pressure on its national security.”
Source: Xinhua, June 11, 2014