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Wang Yi Talks about US's Plan to Deploy THAAD Missile Defense System in ROK

On February 12, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave an exclusive interview to Reuters in Munich, Germany. In answering the question concerning the US's possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in the Republic of Korea (ROK), Wang Yi expressed that China is gravely concerned about the US's such a probable move. The coverage of the THAAD missile defense system, especially the monitoring scope of its X-Band radar, goes far beyond the defense need of the Korean Peninsula. It will reach deep into the hinterland of Asia, which will not only directly damage China's strategic security interests, but also do harm to the security interests of other countries in this region. There are two old Chinese sayings, one of which goes as "Xiang Zhuang performed the sword dance as a cover for his attempt on Liu Bang's life", and the other one goes as "Sima Zhao's trick is obvious to everyone on the street-the villainous design is apparent". We firmly oppose any country to utilize the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula to jeopardize China's legitimate rights and interests.

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