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    A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, in this handout picture provided by the United States Forces Korea (USFK) and released by Yonhap on March 7, 2017. Picture taken on March 6, 2017

    THAAD Drama: China May Jam US Radar Signals in South Korea

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    The South China Morning Post (SCMP) cited PLA air force aviation expert Fu Qianshao saying that Beijing would send planes near THAAD to obstruct the system’s long-range radar signals.

    China has been particularly vocal in decrying THAAD, prompting US Defense Secretary James Mattis to address both their and Moscow’s complaints in February, saying, "there is no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea," according to CNN. 

    In August 2016, Yonhap quoted South Korean chief presidential secretary of public affairs Kim Sung-woo stating, "The fundamental reason for the decision to deploy THAAD lies in the rising nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. If such threats from the North disappear, THAAD won’t be needed."

    Some South Korean officials believe that China has attempted to add pressure by imposing restrictions on businesses operating in and with Seoul. Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho has said there is no hard evidence of this, but Moon Jae-in, the politician many expect to be South Korea’s next president, has called on China to halt its economic retaliation. 

    During a debate with other candidates on Tuesday, Moon said, "We should complain about what needs to be complained about and we should make diplomatic efforts to persuade China," adding, "It is also not desirable for China to harm our relationship with excessive retaliation…I call on China to immediately stop."

    Retired PLA general Wang Hongguang told SCMP that China could also counter the utility of THAAD by using its own anti-radar technology. "We will complete our deployment before THAAD begins operations. There is no need to wait for two months [before the election of the next South Korean president]," he said, "We already have such equipment in place. We just have to move it to the right spot."

    Washington and Seoul claim that the sole purpose of THAAD is to address threats from North Korea, which continues launching ballistic missiles and testing nuclear weapons despite sanctions, as recently as March 6. The system is designed to intercept short-, medium- and intermediate-range missiles.


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      Sir Percy
      Chinese Government did not force Chinese citizens to do anything. A cruise ship carried 3,000 Chinese tourists arrived at Juju ROK, the 3,000 citizens learned when on board that ROK inisisted on installing THAAD like waving a dagger in front of China's face. The 3,000 Chinese citizens refused to land for shopping or sightseeing. They did it totally voluntarily without any suggestion from China or tourist group leader just to show they love China. The Korea's several dozen tourist buses stayed empty and left disappointed.
    • avatar
      THAAD means only fuel on fire!
    • avatar
      I am a us citizen, my kids has cousins in China, it is hard to understand why people in powers are such ruthless and selfish in bullying and trouble making as though our side would never get killed or destroyed. Man, can't we live in peace and quietly for at least some moments.
    • avatar
      I thought that the South Koreans had more brains than they display. They will be the first to get roasted in the return fire or first fire. War donkeys are usually preserved and protected for future workloads, but this time they may be sacrificed.
      God bless america to have full control over fools.
    • avatar
      Let the counter installations by China and Russia also be completed in a time frame that is strategic - create a fact on the ground and force the complete removal of the so-called THAAD to be a required inclusion in any formal or informal talks.
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      gbiyanjuin reply toSir Percy(Show commentHide comment)
      Sir Percy,
      Patriotic folks. Commendable on their part.
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      gbiyanjuin reply togoldcamshaft(Show commentHide comment)
      No amount of brains that you have to create copy-electronics matters when you have been brainwashed to a level below that of a bleating sheep.
    • avatar
      North Korea is Russia's and China's baby. China can only blame themselves for THAAD deployment. China and to a lesser extent Russia, have let N. Korea run wild and even helped in their avoiding sanctions.
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      I am against the THAAD in S Korea, because is just a cash thing. Pac 3 CAN stop anything N. K could toss. So I see it as another purpose. To contain China Russia.
      For Now India been patrolling with NATO and may open NATO bases soon. An maybe add THAAD.. To MAKE IN INDIA and leave all the profits invested in INDIA>

      Same with TAIWAN , every U.S general knows the TRUTH but wants to listen to Mc Cain who is a full charlatan by now and terrorist.
      He could had been a respectful man.. That he got re elected shows you that they do NOT care.

      Taiwan is part of China and actual China lands. So it would be like China going to Long Island in New York and give them planes , weapons to defend against U.S.
      Me? I think that's VERY WRONG. And I think Taiwan could had accomplished a lot more, using Russian equipment, that China will allow anyways, . Once Russia explain them at Beijing
    • avatar
      The US refused to allow Russian Missiles to be placed in Cuba in early 1960s, leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis. China and Russia should also not allow THAAD to be installed in South Korea or should blind it with powerful jamming devices.
    • Rick Sanchezin reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, you think that the elites see populace as people? The world wouldn't be where it is today if they did.
    • Rick Sanchez
      They've already got Russia distracted with Syria and Ukraine, now to get China distracted with Korea.
    • American Socialist
      China & Russia must give America a dose of their own medicine!
      Time to expand cooperation with Cuba.
      America only understands force.
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