China Challenges U.S. Intention on Anti-Ballistic Missile System in Japan

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>China Challenges U.S. Intention on Anti-Ballistic Missile System in Japan</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC)--Even as Russian Presidentposed by the U.S. intention to deploy ABM systems in Central Europe, China is raising the same issue with the United States in Asia. At the 6th Asian Security Summit, the "Shangri-la Dialogue," in Singapore on June 2, Chinese representative Lt. Gen. Zhang Qinsheng, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the PLA, stated China's concerns about the joint deployment of anti-ballistic missiles by the United States and Japan in the Asia-Pacific region. "China is quite concerned about this intention of the United States and Japan," General Zhang said in response to a question on the issue. "We are worried that this type of deployment will destabilize Asia and the Pacific region and that it will create uncertainties in terms of the stability and peace. If Japan and the United States deploy a missile defense system that covers Taiwan, we are going to oppose it very strongly. China believes that any bilateral military corporation should never target a third party or infringe the interests of a third party."</p><p>General Zhang also strongly criticized the U.S. Defense Department's May 25 report on Chinese military capabilities. He said the report is "unreliable. It is not to be believed," and "a product of the Cold War mindset." The report, General Zhang said, "is detrimental to the current development of the relationship between China and the United States, and the relationship between the militaries of the two countries."</p></div></body>