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13 October, 2016

China and Russia oppose THAAD deployment

China and Russia have jointly expressed their opposition to the imminent deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system, claiming that it will not help the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and will offset the global strategic balance.

At a joint press briefing on ballistic missile defense issues held on October 11 on the sideline of the 7th Xiangshan Forum, Major General Cai Jun from the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, and Lieutenant-General Viktor Poznikhir, of the Russian General Staff both criticized the U.S.-backed plan to deploy the THAAD in South Korea.

Maj. Gen. Cai said that missile defense issues have a great influence on relations between major powers, international peace and security, arms control and disarmament.

He said that the U.S.'s unilateral plan to develop multilevel missile defense systems is very "unconstructive." It will worsen global security, offset the global strategic balance, effect regional peace and stability, and obstruct nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation progress. "It may lead to a new arms race," he said.

Washington and Seoul jointly decided to deploy THAAD in South Korea to defend against potential possible nuclear missile strikes from North Korea. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) contends that the capacity of THAAD far exceeds the declared purpose.

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