March 09, 2017

U.S. deployment of missile system in South Korea riles China

Featuring Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

Source: PBS NewsHour

Journalist Ryan Connelly Holmes

China voiced its objections to the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system to South Korea this week, saying it would “take necessary measures” to defend its national security.

“We’ve noticed the development. China will resolutely take necessary measures to defend its security interests, and all the consequences of that will be borne by the United States and the ROK,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday in Beijing, China Daily reported.

China said the system compromises its ability to counterstrike if attacked. According to technical experts, the Chinese have a case for being upset, but policy experts and U.S. officials say Chinese fears are misplaced.

Read the full article at PBS NewsHour.

  • Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior ...