Thu, August 23, 2012
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Eyeing China, U.S. expands Asia missile defense

2012-08-23 08:17:13 GMT2012-08-23 16:17:13(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the U.S. is planning a major expansion of missile defenses in Asia in a move meant to contain threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and also to counter China's military development.

As part of strategy of pivot to Asia, Washington’s planned buildup includes a new radar in southern Japan and possibly another in Southeast Asia tied to missile-defense ships and land-based interceptors.

China's Ministry of National Defense didn't comment directly on the anti-missile plans, but sounded a cautious note.

"China has always believed that anti-missile issues should be handled with great discretion, from the perspective of protecting global strategic stability and promoting strategic mutual trust among all countries," China said in a statement on Thursday.

"We advocate that all parties fully respect and be mindful of the security concerns of one another and try to realize overall safety through mutual benefit and win-win efforts, while avoiding the situation in which one country tries to let its own state security take priority over other countries' national security."

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