China’s opposition to the possible deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system in South Korea is mounting and overshadowing calls for tougher sanctions against North Korea.
Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui met with South Korean delegates in Beijing Tuesday to directly convey the government’s objections to Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a deterrent that could intercept North Korea missiles, South Korean television network SBS reported.
Beijing’s state-owned CCTV also aired footage of a test launch of a long-range ballistic missile, the DF-21D, during the day of the meeting.
The Chinese missile is a powerful weapon that can strike warships, and is also known as the “carrier-killer.”
Zheng’s message to South Korea and the United States was also a warning. The senior official told reporters that Beijing opposes the deployment of THAAD, and that he hoped “relevant nations act carefully.”