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Dangerous: US Threatens China, US Deploys THAAD Missile System in South Korea, Beijing Warns of Nuclear Arms Race

Thursday, March 9, 2017 15:24
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By Peter Symonds  //

The US has begun the installation of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea, provoking an angry reaction from China, which warned that it could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region. The provocative move will heighten the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula as the US and South Korea engage in huge annual war games.

Two trucks, each mounted with a THAAD launch pad, were landed aboard a C-17 cargo plane at the US military’s Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, on Monday night. According to South Korean military officials, more equipment and personnel will arrive in the coming weeks. The THAAD battery installation is likely to be completed as early as May or June.

US officials exploited North Korea’s test launch of four ballistic missiles on Monday morning as the pretext for commencing the THAAD installation. However, the final go-ahead for the THAAD deployment, which was agreed by South Korea last July, occurred last week when the South Korean government acquired the planned site in a land swap deal with the conglomerate Lotte.

Washington also insists that the THAAD placement is purely defensive and needed to counter North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. In reality, the THAAD system is offensive in character. It is an important component of an expanding US anti-ballistic missile system in Asia that is primarily aimed at preparing for nuclear war against China, not North Korea.

US imperialism, which has an estimated 4,000 nuclear warheads, has never ruled out a first nuclear strike and is spending $1 trillion to upgrade its nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Its anti-ballistic missile systems are designed to neutralise the ability of any enemy to retaliate in the event of a US nuclear attack. The Federation of American Scientists estimated that China had about 260 nuclear warheads as of 2015.

The THAAD system is designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles at high altitude. It consists of a powerful X-band radar system to track missiles at long range, linked to truck-mounted interceptors designed to destroy a hostile missile in flight. In the event of war with China, the THAAD system would not only protect key US military bases in South Korea and Japan. Its X-band radar could detect and track missile launches deep inside the Chinese mainland.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang yesterday reiterated Beijing’s opposition to the THAAD deployment. Geng warned that China would “take necessary measures to defend our security interests and the consequences will be shouldered by the United States and South Korea.”

Russia also condemned the THAAD installation. Victor Ozerov, who chairs Russia’s Federal Defense and Security Committee, branded the deployment as “another provocation against Russia” aimed, if not at encircling Russia, “then at least to besiege it from the west and the east.”

The Chinese government has already taken retaliatory moves against South Korea, closing more than 20 stores owned by Lotte in China on the pretext of safety violations, and has advised travel agents not to sell South Korean packages to Chinese tourists. The state-owned media has suggested a wider boycott of South Korean goods and even the severing of diplomatic relations with Seoul.

A commentary in the official Xinhua news agency warned that the THAAD deployment “will bring an arms race in the region.” Hinting that China would enlarge its nuclear arsenal to counter the US anti-ballistic missile systems, it declared: “More missile shields on one side inevitably bring more nuclear missiles of the opposing side that can break through the missile shield.”

The suggestion that China could expand its nuclear arsenal only underscores the reactionary character of the Chinese regime’s response to the escalating economic and military threats by the Trump administration. The Chinese Communist Party represents the interests of an ultra-rich oligarchy, not Chinese workers and the poor. Its military build-up and whipping up of Chinese nationalism heightens the danger of war and divides the working class.

A nuclear arms race between China and the United States would be profoundly destabilising in Asia and the world. An expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal could prompt South Korea and Japan to develop their own nuclear weapons, and encourage India to enlarge its nuclear arsenal, exacerbating tensions throughout South Asia, particularly with Pakistan.

The Trump administration has targeted China, warning of trade war measures, threatening military action against Chinese-controlled islets in the South China Sea and suggesting it could tear up the “One China” policy that forms the bedrock of US-China relations.

Trump has repeatedly accused China of not imposing crippling sanctions on its ally North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles. The White House is currently engaged in a review of US strategy toward North Korea, details of which have been leaked to the media, including proposals for pre-emptive military strikes on North Korea and regime-change operations.

North Korea provides a convenient pretext for the US military build-up in North East Asia against China. The New York Times reported that one option under consideration is the return of tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea—adjacent not only to North Korea, but also China.

Trump has already outlined a huge expansion of the US military and has tweeted that the US has “to greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity.” Moreover, the US strategy is shifting from the use of nuclear weapons as a last resort to the active consideration of a limited nuclear war.

North Korea is rapidly emerging as a dangerous global flashpoint. A small incident, either accidental or calculated, has the potential to trigger a catastrophic conflict on the Korean Peninsula that would draw in nuclear-armed powers such as China and Russia.

The only social force capable of halting the drive to world war is the international working class, through building a unified anti-war movement based on socialist principles to put an end to capitalism and its outmoded nation-state system, which is the source of war.

The original source of this article is World Socialist Web Site
Copyright © Peter SymondsWorld Socialist Web Site, 2017 

Articles by: Peter Symonds
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  • “…end to capitalism and its outmoded nation-state system, :?: :?: :?: which is the source of war.
    The original source of this article is World Socialist Web Site
    Copyright © Peter Symonds, World Socialist Web Site, 2017″

    They should go to hell!

  • Perhaps if we created borders and kept them closed and well guarded with our military ( which is why we are supposed to have a military) and left the rest of the world alone those countries could go about their business unmolested by us and would simply go about their own business and leave us the fuck alone.
    They are simply rebelling against imperialism.

    • That can never happen with the US completely controlled by the CIA which is controlled by Rothschilds
      and their spawn AIPAC.

      • Because it says so right there on the internets, right?

        None of us know who is doing what.
        Nobody knows who the great and mighty Oz is, and the media certainly isn’t getting close enough to the curtain to pull it back.
        For all we know Rothchilds, the CIA and all the other conspiracy theories are just puffs of smoke in the great smoke screen that keeps us all in the dark.
        One thing for certain, it is obvious that “free enterprise” and “capitalism” are obviously under someones control, and are boldly blatant about it now.
        We just don’t know who it is.
        And whoever it is be it an individual or some type of consortium, is/are powerful enough to keep it that way.

        The mistake people make is to grasp on to one specific conspiracy theory and cling to it like a chimpanzee to a swinging vine without considering they might just be chasing the decoy.

  • How stupid of China and Russia to get mad over a system that only knocks down or knocks out a nuke already fired at South Korea Or Japan . I could see if nukes were being brought into the area . Then they would have a right to fuss . But their rants is nothing short of bully tactics . What is Japan and Korea supposed to do , wait and hope the north idiot doesn’t fire the nuke at them anytime soon ? The north idiot is nothing short of being a brat with toys that are to big for his pea brain to be playing with ! China and Russia should be doing what we are now doing . But I guess they are in hopes the little idiot will shoot one over America and put out our lights so China and Russia can invade America . They are probably worried America knows this and is setting up more than shoot down missiles , more like take out missiles ! Either way we really don’t have any choices left to do . The Muslim nut case that left our White House has messsed up relations with everyone and everything else before leaving office . He cause the world to be in the state of disharmony and caious . I hope Trump nails his ass ! And then takes care of little north idiot ! Heck send in the secret flying robotic fly drones with posion stingers . Everyone will think maybe GOD had him removed and then maybe everything will go back to normal . If anyone needs a dirt nap this little idiot does ! He thinks he is a god . Sorry you are nothing but a nut case too like our O nut case Muslim sodomite that just left America in debt and with so many problems showing he has to be Satans son .

    • So, you are saying that if China or Russia had done the same thing right off of our shores in international waters, you would be fine with that, right?

  • RT UK is running a GOLD BUYING advertisement …..EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK.

    There have been a few commercial breaks when only one commercial was aired…..the GOLD BUYING advert !

    I am wondering if this is Putin’s “HEADS UP” that GOLD is about to go MAINSTREAM.

    If, GOLD is coming out into the open as a TRADED CURRENCY it would explain US HYSTERIA reference placing its TROUPES & PYROTECHNICS in EVERYONE ELSE’s BACKYARD.

    US HAS NO GOLD or very little GOLD.

    USA Corporation is about to be exposed as a BUSTED FLUSH :idea:

    USA needs to DISTRACT or be exposed as THIEVING *ids !

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