China, Russia Vow 'Countermeasures' Against THAAD Deployment in Korean Peninsula
China and Russia have vowed to take "countermeasures" in response to US' plan to deploy an anti-missile system in the Korean peninsula, Chinese state media reported on Friday.
However, both nations have not specified what countermeasures they would be taking.
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A statement issued by state-media Xinhua quoted China and Russia urging "the United States and South Korea to address their security concerns and stop the deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula."
The statement offered nothing new, as both nations have made similar pleas ever since the US and South Korea announced that they would deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.
Both South Korea and US argued that anti-missile system is only aimed at countering any possible attack by North Korea, which belligerently carried out several missile and nuclear tests last year.
But Beijing and Moscow refuted this argument as they claimed that THAAD instalment would severely compromise on their regional security. Both countries also claimed that such a drastic move would do nothing in lowering tension in the Korean peninsula.
Foreign ministers of Russia and China last year held a strategic meeting in Beijing where both nations decided to stand in unity on contagious issues like North Korea and South China Sea. The move was apparently aimed at countering America's increasing influence in the US region.
As part of this decision, both nations carried out a joint anti-missile drill in May last year. The military exercise was carried out as soon as South Korea and US started mulling over the deployment of THAAD. Both also held a joint navy drill in the disputed South China Sea in September.
Meanwhile, South Korea's finance minister said that Seoul may respond to what it perceives as an in-direct retaliation by Beijing against THAAD deployment. The statement was apparently in response to China's recent decision to reject South Korean carrier's application to add charter flights between the two countries.