China’s Party-run People’s Daily has criticized the potential US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile defense system to South Korea as an attempt to provoke China and Russia.
The United States is actually testing the reaction of China, Russia and South Korea through the deployment of THAAD to the Korean peninsula, said associate professor Han Xiandong from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. The Korean peninsula is seen as a buffer zone from the perspective of the Chinese and Russian government, making such deployment very crucial to the national security of Beijing and Moscow, he added.
US president Barack Obama is attempting to solidify US leadership in the Asia Pacific region with THAAD. As he said, China, Russia and North Korea are all regional challengers to the United States. THAAD will supposedly keep them under control.
Congressman J. Randy Forbes from Virginia suggested that Taiwan’s early warning radar be integrated with US missile defense and sensor systems.
As the chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, Forbes introduced the provision into the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act on May 1, according to state-run tabloid Global Times. Kung Chushan, the author of the commentary, said that the provision introduced by Forbes proved that the United States is still trying to use Taiwan as an “unsinkable aircraft carrier” against China.