China’s Countermeasures to US Deployment of THAAD in South KoreaPosted: March 10, 2017
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)