China’s Countermeasures to US Deployment of THAAD in South Korea

China’s official media Global Times suggests in a March-9 article:

1. Economic sanctions on South Korea. China’s sanction on the US cannot hurt the US much but will hurt itself. However, South Korea’s economy is relatively small and it has substantial trade surplus with China. It is, therefore, vulnerable to economic sanctions.

2. Greatly increase and improve China’s nuclear weapons to recover the balance of nuclear strength between China and the US. China has sufficient financial resources for that. As China’s arms race with the US is limited only to the protection of its core interests instead of the pursuit of world hegemony, China will not be crushed by the burden of arms race in the same way as the Soviet Union that pursued world hegemony like the US. China may even withdraw its promise not to be the first to use nuclear weapons.

3. Closer cooperation with Russia.

Source: Global Times “US has to pay a price for boosting the deployment of THAAD in South Korea: China may expand its nuclear arsenal” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the article in Chinese)


4 Comments on “China’s Countermeasures to US Deployment of THAAD in South Korea”

  1. Steve says:

    China should impose economic sanctions against Sth Korea as a counter measure to THAAD. Although economic sanctions against other countries are not in accordance with China’s political wisdom, it is an entirely different situation compared to Nth Korea.

    For China to withdraw it’s promise not to be the first use of nuclear weapons, China need to first increase and improve it’s current stockpile of nuclear weapons. The US was at it’s peak in 1967 with 31,255 nuclear warheads, now at 4,000 plus and China, a mere less than 300 nuclear warhead current stockpile. Personally, I am against all forms of nuclear weapons, but when you are faced with a hegemonic nation (US) insisting on world leadership, China need to establish sufficient WMD.

    Closer cooperation with Russia is a necessity to maintain world peace.


    • Simon says:

      China has far more than 300 nuclear warheads, that estimate only support the number of missiles with a single warhead. Recently China has armed each of its nuclear missile with MIRV ranging from 3 to 10 warheads that would put the number anywhere between 800-3000. Former Russian nuclear force chief claims China has enough nuclear material for upto 3600 warheads.


  2. Simon says:

    4. Install similar missile defence in Venezuela and Cuba.
    5. Install missiles bases in N Korea.
    6. Actively jam or destroy THAAD in S Korea.