Mad about THAAD and other China problems

Tensions appear to be escalating over the firing of missiles towards Japan by North Korea and the US completing missile deployments in South Korea.

Washington Post:

Given how angry Beijing gets about THAAD, you may be forgiven for thinking that the U.S. missile system, deployed to South Korea, is primarily aimed at China. However, Washington and Seoul have justified the system by saying it is necessary to defend South Korea from North Korean aggression.

With the missile system finally in place and tensions between the Koreas and China exploding again, here’s a guide to controversy.

See it at Why China is so mad about THAAD, a missile defense system aimed at deterring North Korea

What does this mean for the United States?

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump spoke frequently of the threat posed by North Korea and suggested he may lean on China, who he said had “total control over North Korea.”

However, since taking office in January the new U.S. president has been uncharacteristically mute on the subject matter, despite provocations from Pyongyang. This has left many North Korea-watchers to wonder what exactly his eventual policy will be.

The deployment of THAAD seems to be one of the first real moves against North Korea, though it was largely a continuation of policies undertaken by President Barack Obama. The backlash from China, however, along with various dramatic moves from North Korea, show that the situation is complicated.

Trust North Korea? Trust China? Trust Trump?

3 Comments

  1. Noel

     /  March 8, 2017

    If the old patriot system was been deployed China would probably have nothing to say.
    For them its not the missiles on THAAD that are of concern but the radar.

  2. Noel

     /  March 8, 2017
    • Yes Noel, not just the radar but also the C3I (Command Control Communications and Intellligence capabilities inherent in the system. I understand that when the THAAD system is deployed in depth it enables battlefield conflict management at strategic levels. It is not just an anti missile screen. That I understand lies at the heart of the Chinese concern, as it is a strategically mobile system, and not a fixed defensive asset. It is considered as a significant force multiplier.