China To Test New Weapons, Stage Live Fire Drills In Retaliation To US THAAD Deployment

Tyler Durden's picture

Two days after the US military began to move the controversial THAAD anti-missile system into its deployment site in a South Korean golf course (over the protests of hundreds of locals who were promptly quieted when the police showed up), despite vocal protests from China which is "resolutely opposed" to the THAAD deployment and  believes such a move would destabilize the regional balance of power, China said on Thursday that it would stage live fire drills and test new weapons to protect its national security, its Defense Ministry said.

"The deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea damages the regional strategic balance and stability. The Chinese side is resolutely opposed to this" Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters on Thursday when asked about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

He also said that "China’s military will continue to carry out live-fire military exercises and test new military equipment in order to firmly safeguard national security and regional peace and stability," he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Beijing has been an outspoken opponent of THAAD over fears it will undermine its own deterrence capabilities. In March, and editorial in the state-run Global Times newspaper said Washington should "pay the price" for the deployment of the system, which it said was "on China's front door."  Meanwhile, the US insists the system is for purely defensive purposes, against any potential attacks from Pyongyang. US Admiral Harry Harris told Congress on Wednesday that it "poses no threat to China."

China disagrees.

As we reported at the time, a THAAD installation, which was moved onto a golf course in Seongji, South Korea, on Tuesday, is designed to intercept short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles during their terminal flight phase. It is equipped with long-range radar and is believed to be capable of intercepting North Korea’s intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The system will be operational in the "coming days," according to Harris.

As Reuters further adds, the Chinese Defense Ministry's statements come as the US continues to urge Beijing to put pressure on North Korea, as China is the country's main economic lifeline. Referring to the increased tensions between Washington and Pyongyang on Thursday, China said it approves of a recent statement by the Trump administration which said the White House is still "open to negotiations" to achieve stability and "peaceful denuclearization" on the Korean Peninsula.

When asked about such statements, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing had noted that many US officials had recently made similar remarks.

"We have noted these expressions, and have noted the message conveyed in these expressions hoping to resolve the Korean nuclear issue peacefully through dialogue and consultation," he said. "We believe this message is positive and should be affirmed."

Earlier this week, China urged restraint from all sides of the conflict during a call with US President Donald Trump, whose administration continues to state that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea.

So far, aside from engaging in a massive live-fire drill on Tursday, North Korea has abstained from any provocative moves.

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SallySnyd's picture

Here is an interesting article that looks at the significant progress that China has made in its missile program:

 

http://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2016/05/chinas-military-capabilities-part-1.html

 

China is developing some game-changing weapons that will establish its regional military dominance.

unrulian's picture

these douches on both sides are like children...Oh Yea!!! watch this, I can blow up some cactuses too. It's sad that they will determine our fate

El Vaquero's picture

The Chinese most likely have a problem with the THAAD because it fucks with their radar.  I was just looking to see what was out there, and was browsing wiki pages and found this on a Chinese hypersonic warhead delivery system that is being developed:

 

The HGV stays within the stratosphereafter reentry and pull-up, and glides through the air. Although that creates more drag, warheads fly further than they would on a higher trajectory through space, and are too low to be intercepted by exo-atmospheric kill vehicles. The tradeoff is that warheads have less speed and altitude as they near the target, making them vulnerable to lower-tier interceptors.[10]For example the mach 10 Sprint missile and its US derivatives and the mach 17 Russian 53T6, ABM-3 Gazelle. Other potential counter-hypersonic interception measures may involve laser orrail guntechnologies.[11]

I was under the impression that the Sprints had been retired.  It makes me wonder if they have been upgraded instead.  If so, we still probably have enhanced radiation weapons (neutron bombs) in active service.
Looney's picture

 

I think THAAD is a scam. Check out the results of their tests.

The Chinks are right, though. Who in the right mind would want this shit so close to their border?

Looney

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... China's first target would be Japan ... I'll bet my whole stash of yen on it ... >>> http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/special/chinesearchives/index.htm 

... it would be payback time ... and you could even blindfold the Chinese with a sewing thread and they'll hit that Imperial Palace target within a few feet of a bonsai tree ... guaranteed 

 

;)

apadictionary's picture

just waiting for a day communist china disintegrates into smaller countries like russia. whats taking you so long cia?

aloha_snakbar's picture

Oh YEAH??? Well, I am going to try a new burrito recipe and then fart in the general direction of the Chinese. Lately doom porn fails COMPLETELY to give me a chubber...

Archive_file's picture

THAAD is never going away. All this NK bullshit and deployment of an "armada" is to sneak the THAAD in. The Chinese know it. After its all set up, everything will go back to "normal" except there will be a radar system peering deep into China.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"All this NK bullshit and deployment of an "armada" is to sneak the THAAD in."

Bingo, that and justify an increase in the MIC budget

Evidently,  NK has several time offered to freeze its nuke developement in exchange for a non agression pact, in particular the sessation of military actions near it.

Seems that the US finds this unacceptable.

NoDecaf's picture

I hope you are right, and it does seem to make the most sense because no way are they going to contain NK from the air and especially with only one carrier.

William Dorritt's picture

Good point, Fleet Protection was provided for the installation of land based systems.

Archive_file's picture

It's a manufactured "crisis."

unicorn's picture

Interesting, how its all perfectly orchestrated....

unless a big fat black swan shows up ..................................

HRClinton's picture

They could always use North Korea's missiles against the THAADs, and call them THUD Missiles.

BadDog's picture

China is now getting a dose of American 'defense' just like the Russians have been with the anti missle systems installed in Poland and Romania. 

earleflorida's picture

its not so much about the 'anti-missile system' --- its swapping out what's in the tubes with live nuke's missiles...

Squid Viscous's picture

let's get it on you chink bastards!

Consuelo's picture

 

 

To my fellow bloke, 'Seasmoke' from a previous thread:

 

This piece underscores my point regarding gold & geopolitics my good man ---

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Following on from a piece yesterday staring Paul Wolfowitz...

 

The now long-running doctrine has been to have the capability to fight at least (2) large-scale wars against major geopolitical powers, Simultaneously...

Generals WANT WAR.   That's why they're at where they're at.   And they will do any amount of war-promoting necessary to convince the civilian political mouthpieces that these wars are Winnable...

So...

Load up on your supplies -- NOW, so that you do no starve when the distribution chain here in the land where bad things can never happen, begins to break. 

29.5 hours's picture

Don't blame wars on the military. Wars are almost always caused by politicians.

Clausewitz: "War is the continuation of politics by other means."

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Elite=Miltary+Corporations+Politicians+Hollywood according to C. Wright Mills. 

 

PT's picture

Diplomacy has progressed from boring talks to pretty pictures.  Let's hope they don't feel the need for any better props.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Mission Creep.

Stormtrooper's picture

Dear God, please make sure that all of those American servicemen in S Korea have filed their wills.  The lawyers will be very busy soon probating all of their estates.

sheikurbootie's picture

You realize the US has been in S. Korea for 60 years on FULL war status?  Priority ONE, first-to-fight units are repaired first, etc.

It's time to leave.  This would be a good time.  Solve the NK problem or kill the NK problem.  Either way, the US leaves.  Pick your option, China. 

Trump is right to end this.  This is how you get shit done.  We'll save BILLIONS too.  End it now, or be held nuclear hostage forever.  Kim has nukes.

Clinton fucked up, gave a HUGE food deal to NK to stop nuclear research.  That didn't go so well, stupid fucking Bill Clinton. 

Obama fucked up, by being a fucking full-time pussy.  Iran will blow up too.  Same M.O.

 

RagaMuffin's picture

DT's new golf course acquisition strategy - THAAD    ;-)

earleflorida's picture

debut of the "New Toy[s]" pop-gun's 2017 models...

'how much is that puppy in the window--- i wonder if he can teach 'flipper' new tricks--- how much is that puppy in the window, mr xi... please

Honest Sam's picture

Our local high school carries out 3 live fire drills a year.

 

Should I find a safe space?

Blankone's picture

The US missiles are close to China. China's missiles are within China. It's all centered at China. An effective counter would involve China putting missiles in Cuba, Mexico and Canada. Not winning.

RagaMuffin's picture

Better yet China should offer them to Puerto Rico   ;-)

underthevolcano's picture

If you were an 'ally' and not a potential adversary, would you trust Trump, or the neo-cons, or whomever is running this midnight express shit show? I wouldn't. The minute the US launches ANY missile would be the moment I would release the Sunburns and sink the 5'th fleet to the bottom of the ocean. It's the least China can do after the way they have been treated over the last 300 years,

GlassHouse101's picture

We need a war like no-other to create increased spending like no other. . . China is clearly siding with NK in this scenario against US aggression (not good).

underthevolcano's picture

I don't think the Thaad poses much of a threat, to anybody. It is a battlefield anti-missile system, and even though it is said to be capable of hitting high velocity incoming ICBM's, if the pathetic show of cruise missile in-capabilty, and the rather useless, inaccurate Patriot systems, I suspect the Thaad isn't much better.

No doubt, of more concern to China is that the US is planting it there, in the first place. Just something else to track.

I guess you are all comfortable now with the idea of dying in a global thermonuclear war. Or so it would seem.

msamour's picture

The issue with THAAD is not the missile interceptors, but the massively powerful radar that snoops on everything.

unicorn's picture

I think you re right, cause in the mainstream news about the sk protests not a word is mentioned  they protest because of the massive radar.

they protested allready before, its in the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THAAD

Seongju County in North Gyeongsang Province was chosen as the site to base the THAAD, partly because it is out of range of North Korean rocket artillery along the DMZ,[63] which sparked protests from Seongju County residents from fear of the radiation emitted by the AN/TPY-2 radar.

 

Schlub's picture

Do ALL our world leaders have something in the closet? Perhaps very little in their pants?

Maybe instead of endangering the "ordinary" people of the world, they should just all get together and beat dickheads.

PT's picture

They are very afraid of losing their place at the table and being dumped amongst the "ordinary" people.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The V.P. "Cheeto-in-Chief" is telling you to eat "lots of beautiful chocolate cake"...

Cause he and his Master(s) can't keep the "plates in the air" much longer!

William Dorritt's picture

NK is China's Puppet

N Korea doesn't take a drink of water without permission from China.

China is using NK as a bargaining lever to pressure the US on Trade.

THAAD give the US the ability to neutralize Nukes from China or NK.

Once everything is operational,

TRUMP should tell China to move the NK leaders to the Chinese resort Island permanently

and supply them with unlimited hookers.

 

Next, the remaining Govt of NK should erase the border and merge with SK which would be a more profitable trading partner for China. Like the German reunification

underthevolcano's picture

No, Thaad DOES NOT give the US the capability of 'neutralizing' a missile threat from China, or from Russia at Vladovostok, or from either the Chinese fleet or the Russian Pacific fleet.

Every time some antsy, paranoid fucking American speaks, it's all bravado and bullshit. You're going to do this, you're going to do that. But at the end of the day you have neighter the land capability, the air capability nor the sea capability for what you are trying to pull off. Fire one missile from your nuke sub, and it will be gone in 10 minutes. Fly you're decrepit F-18's off the Carl Vinson, or fly them all off all your carriers and they will drop from the skies like so many dead and useless mosquitos. Fly your F-22's and they will be taken out 240KM beyonf visual range. Try dogfighting with your F-15's and they will be sawn in half by the SU-34's and SU-35's. Try a land invasion of Korea, China or Russia and your troops will be slaughtered to the last man.

Stop your fucking propoganda bullshit, asshole.

Verniercaliper's picture

Thaad is very capable of shooting down a NK launched missile. Which is why it's in SK.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

It's also capable of launching nukes. That's why the Chinese and the Russians have a problem with THAAD.

farflungstar's picture

LOL we do talk a lot of shit and think everyone is out to get us. But what do you expect. It's like scaring fat dumbasses with a foreign "threat" is a sport here.

 

sheikurbootie's picture

My goodness, you're fucking retarded!

William Dorritt's picture

Dear Leader,

Thanks for joining us on ZH, we are honored.

What's wrong with unlimited Chinese Hookers for life?

DaBears's picture

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