US Strengthens Russia- China De Facto Military AlliancePosted: January 13, 2017
Reuters says in its report today, “China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified ‘countermeasures’ in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.”
In spite of US claim that the anti-missile system THAAD is not installed to deal with China and Russia, China and Russia are unhappy as the system can indeed intercept the missiles within quite a large area covered by the system in Russia and China.
Therefore US deployment of the system gives China and Russia incentive to strengthen their military cooperation.
Perhaps, the US really wants to deploy the system to intercept Chinese and Russian missiles, but diplomatically is the deployment wise by strengthening Russia-China military cooperation?
It seems that US strategists are ignorant that subduing the enemy with diplomacy is better than with fighting.
Do they hope that in a war between the US and one of the two de facto allies, the other joins the war to fight the US?
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report “China, Russia agree on more ‘countermeasures’ against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua”, full text of which is reblogged below:
China, Russia agree on more ‘countermeasures’ against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua
China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified “countermeasures” in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.
The countermeasures “will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region”, Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a China-Russia security meeting.
China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.
THAAD is now due to be deployed on a South Korean golf course, unsettling Moscow and Beijing, which worry that the system’s powerful radar will compromise their security and do nothing to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.
China and Russia said in October they would hold a second drill this year.
“China and Russia urged the United States and South Korea to address their security concerns and stop the deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula,” Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.
North Korea’s drive to develop nuclear weapons capability has angered China, Pyongyang’s sole major diplomatic and economic supporter. However, Beijing fears THAAD and its radar have a range that would extend into China.
On Thursday, South Korea’s trade minister said the South might complain to China about actions perceived to have been taken in retaliation for its decision to deploy the U.S. anti-missile system.
(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Paul Tait)
Note: This is Reuters report I reblog here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.