US Strengthens Russia- China De Facto Military Alliance


FILE PHOTO - A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

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.

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3 Comments on “US Strengthens Russia- China De Facto Military Alliance”

  1. Mad Max says:

    Why does Beijing not hold back essential supplies to North Korea if the recalcitrant Kim Jung-Un does not know who is buttering his bread?

    Kim Jun-Un cannot be allowed to behave as he likes without due respect or amenability to major powers like China and Russia which, in an unspoken way, is underwriting North Korea’s sovereignty. Sanctions and cutting off oil and food will cripple the country.

    And if it continues to demonstrate irrational defiance thus giving Washington to continue finding excuses to move menacing “chess” pieces against China and Russia, surely there comes a time when the red line is crossed and China should send in its troops and remove the Kim Jun-Un rule.

    Great power is iseless if you cannot use it wisely and responsibly.

    It is pointless castigating Kim Jung-Un. Action needs be taken to demonstrae that point : You cannot jeopardize the well being of your neighbors by being reckless, petulant and inconsiderate. Everyone lives in a community. Civilization demands each observes empathy of your neighbors’ feelings and needs.

    Indeed, no man is an island.

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  2. Joh says:

    The world will be lucky if China and Russia don’t go to war with each other. Don’t forget Russia and China fought in 1969 and America saved the day by Nixon going to China and preventing a full scale war between the two countries. This time war will be over the vast resources of Russian Siberia that China needs badly and covets for themselves
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=82969

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    • chankaiyee2 says:

      Good point!

      The world is really lucky as Obama has turned the two traditional enemies into allies.

      Lots of Chinese people want a war with Russia to recover the 2 million square km of land in Russia’s far east China ceded to Russia under duress. Now Russia wants China to cooperate with it in developing the land as no Russians want to go there but Chinese people are fond of going there. That will be good win-win cooperation. Thanks to Obama the war is prevented.

      Subduing the enemy with diplomacy is better than with fighting! Putin and Xi Jinping know that but Obama does not. I hope Trump does.

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