According to some observers of East Asia, China believes the US exerts influence over South Korea and Japan and may interfere with Beijing’s long-term military, diplomatic and economic interests in the region.
China has issued a statement reiterating its long-standing objections to the presence of the US THAAD missile defence system in South Korea. Its opposition Friday came following reports of an overnight operation to bring in new, replacement interceptor missiles to the US base in South Korea.
China has been objecting to the defence system since it was first deployed in South Korea three year ago, causing a deterioration in ties between the two countries.
What is THAAD?
THAAD is an acronym for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a transportable, ground-based missile defense system. In the book Theater Missile Defense (TMD) in East Asia: Implications for Beijing and Tokyo, Lars Assmann writes: “THAAD is coupled with space-based and ground-based surveillance stations, which transfer data about the incoming missile and informs the THAAD interceptor missile of the threat type classification. THAAD is alarmed about incoming missiles by space-based satellites with infrared sensors.”
This anti-ballistic missile defense system has been designed and manufactured by the US company Lockheed Martin. South Korea is not the only country with the THAAD missile defense system. It has been previously deployed in the UAE, Guam, Israel and Romania.
Source: The Indian Express