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Communication needed before THAAD deployment: observer
   2016-08-03 07:36:53    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Kun

A veteran Asian policy observer is suggesting Chinese and US authorities open a line of communication connected to the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

Yves Tiberghien, director of the Institute of Asian Research with the University of British Columbia in Canada, suggests this can be done on a non-political level.

"I think that the U.S. and china should talk about this, should have military to military meeting. It should be discussed at a top level in order to avoid misunderstanding. And I think there's still time to do this and I hope that the U.S. will be engaged in the dialogue. There's always ways of decreasing the threat."

Tiberghien says he believes it will be in the United States' best interest over the long-term to open up a line of communication connected to the proposed THAAD deployment.

"I think that this shows that we need some kind of understanding among the great powers, particularly between China and the U.S., but probably Russia will want to be part of it, that is if we open a full arms' race toward missile defense, the U.S. will have advantage initially in 5 to 10 years, but then overtime they will lose that advantage because China and Russia will gain the capacity as well. And I think that it's the global interest to avoid that kind of arms' race."

There has been no official consultation between US officials with either China or Russia connected to the planned deployment of the THAAD system, despite both Chinese and Russian objections to the plan.

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