Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang (Photo source: fmprc.gov.cn)
BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday warned against the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the Republic of Korea (ROK), saying China's security interests should not be undermined.
There were media reports that the Lotte Group board of directors met on Monday to approve a land swap deal between the military and Lotte -- a move to facilitate the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
The THAAD deployment initiated by the United States and the ROK seriously undermines regional strategic balance and the strategic security interests of regional countries including China, and is not favorable to safeguarding peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing.
"China has stressed time and again that it understands the reasonable security concerns of certain parties, but one country's security should not come at the expense of another," Geng said.
China regrets the persistent ignoring of its concerns over security interests, the spokesperson said. "China expresses firm opposition and strong dissatisfaction," he said.
China will take necessary measures to safeguard its security interests, and the U.S. and the ROK will have to bear all the resulting consequences, the spokesperson said.
BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's military on Thursday voiced strong objections to the Republic of Korea (ROK)'s deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
The move by the United States and the ROK will gravely undermine the regional strategic balance and the strategic security interests of countries in the region, including China and Russia, said Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense at a routine press conference.Full Story
SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea is expected to speed up the process of deploying the U.S. missile shield in its soil after Lotte Group, the country's fifth-largest conglomerate, decided to give a green light to the land swap contract with the defense ministry.
A South Korean defense ministry official told Xinhua that he was informed of Lotte's decision to approve the deal to exchange its golf course in southeast South Korea for military land in Gyeonggi province near the capital Seoul.Full Story