BEIJING: on Tuesday, a senior US officer said in Beijing, United States and South Korea decision to organize as advance anti-missile defence system is intended to defending against North Korea’s missile threat and does not threaten China.
The United States has repeatedly tried to refuse anger from China about Seoul’s move to host a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit with the US military.
Chief of Staff of the US Army, Mark A. Milley, told to People’s Liberation Army counterpart Li Zuocheng that, THAAD was a self-protective measure, the US Army said in a statement released by the US Embassy in Beijing.
THAAD is a self protective measure to protect South Koreans and Americans from the North Korean ballistic missile threat, and is not threat to china any way.” Milley said.
South Korea also said that, move is purely based to counter growing missile threats from the North and was not planned to target China, but Beijing is feels that it would destabilize the regional security balance.
In January North Korea has conducted its fourth nuclear test followed by a satellite launch and a string of test launches of missiles in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
China and the United States have been at likelihood over the disputed South China Sea as well.
Beijing is distress over US freedom of navigation guard in sea, and the United States has uttered anxiety about Chinese aircraft and ships operating in a dangerous manner close to US forces.
Milley said, the United States desired to maintain open channel communication with military of China, to reduce risk of calamity or blunder and truthfully address differences”, the statement said.
Milley, confirm the validity of the US commitment to stick on to international rules and standards and encouraged the Chinese to do the same as a way to reduce regional tensions”.
China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually but, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan have adversary claims.
China’s Defence Ministry quoted Li as saying that THAAD, the South China Sea and Taiwan were all issues Beijing hoped Washington would pay attention to and “handle appropriately”.
Li said, “China should hopes both military can increase cooperation, to handle dispute and control risk.”