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China Reportedly Preparing Counter-Measures Against THAAD

By March 15, 2017 at 7:53 am
China is said to be putting up counter-measures for THAAD (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

China is already preparing counter-measures against the South Korea and U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system. A retired PLA general made the remarks on Monday.

According to Wang Hongguang, who is the former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Region, China did not want to take the chance of waiting for the next South Korean president to change policy and roll back the deployment. He added that Beijing had already placed measures to neutralize THAAD's radars.

"We will complete our deployment before THAAD begins operations," he said. "There is no need to wait for two months. We already have such equipment in place. We just have to move it to the right spot."

The comments came after President Park Geun-Hye has officially been ousted from office. Her impeachment fanned hopes that Seoul would put the THAAD deployment on hold.

However, it seems like China does not want to wait for two months when the election will take place to take over Park's former position. President Park's ousting has prompted a race on who will next lead the country. The Constitution states that South Korea will need to have a presidential election within 60 days after the previous president has been ousted.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn will be guiding the election. The deadline for the national vote will be on May 9.

Yue Gang, a military commentator, and former People's Liberation Army colonel, added that China may either destroy THAAD or neutralize it by interfering with the system's functions through electromagnetic technology. "Destroying [THAAD] should only be an option during wartime," he said.

The Chinese equipment may be placed on the Shandong peninsula on the country's east coast. This location is opposite of South Korea.

There are also speculations that China may send manned or unmanned planes to fly close to the THAAD to interfere with its radar signals. Wang noted that China's main concern was not in South Korea's deployment of the system but with the potential that the U.S. would place other missile defense systems in Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan.

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