Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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China and Russia Continue Blasting US for THAAD Deployment to South Korea

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(Photo : US Army) A THAAD missile system on its mobile launcher and what the system can do.

Russia and China continue to accuse the United States of destabilizing world peace and leading the world towards war by insisting on deploying one of its potent anti-missile systems to South Korea starting 2017.

The object of Russian and Chinese angst is the U.S.' much feared Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system whose powerful radar can track a target as far away as 3,000 kilometers.

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The Chinese fear the THAAD radar system, the X-band AN/TPY-2, will neutralize their nuclear ballistic missile system by providing targeting information for U.S. anti-ballistic missiles defending the continental United States.

The Russian's share the same fear, hence their charge THAAD destabilizes their missile systems and restores the strategic advantage to the Americans.

At a joint press conference in Beijing, both Russia and China insisted their claim deploying THAAD is not conducive to settling the nuclear problem caused by North Korea's continuing nuclear tests.

THAAD will also seriously damage the national security interests of China and Russia, argued Maj. Gen. Cai Jun, deputy chief of operations at China's Central Military Commission Joint Staff Department.

He also claims THAAD does not conform to its alleged defensive purpose and is not conducive to Korea's peace and stability.

"China resolutely opposes the THAAD plan and strongly urges the United States and ROK to change their minds," he said.

He noted THAAD's unilateral and "unconstructive" design will cause the global security environment to deteriorate; damage global strategic balance and regional security and stability and hinder the process of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

"It may trigger a new wave of the arms race," said Gen. Cai.

The United States' deployment of anti-missile systems in Europe (Aegis) and Asia-Pacific (THAAD) is aimed at curbing Russia's and China's strategic nuclear strength and consolidating U.S. hegemony, said Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, Deputy Commander of the Chief Operations Branch of the Russian General Staff.

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