China must expand its nuclear arsenal at par with the US and the Russia to operate on a level playing with the global powers in the international arena, urges the Global Times, the country’s official media.
In an article, Global Times warns that China’s “second-rate” nuclear power status will prompt the US radicals to get tough on it. “The US’ overwhelming nuclear margin on China is not conducive to bilateral relations,” it says.
The fears of a new radical US’s international policy have gained a lot of currency after the victory of Donald Trump in the US Presidential election. However, it is unlikely that Trump would start flexing muscles in the international arena soon. One of the most talked about Trump election promises was to “make America great again.” It is highly likely that the country would stop meddling much in the international tensions, like it did in all the years before the World War I, to reach that goal Trump has promised.
However, the fear of getting out-muscled by the US radicals has been flagged by the Chinese media as, it claims, Japan is planning to adopt the US-developed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system. According to the Global Times, the Japanese are planning to form a team led by their Deputy Defense Minister Kenji Wakamiya to discuss the adoption of THAAD system.
Japan plans to do it quickly in the wake of numerous ballistic missile tests by North Korea this year. The report says that Japan plans to “hammer out” a blueprint for THAAD deployment before the summer of 2017.
The article warns Chinese authorities that THAAD would not only enhance Japan’s capability to tackle missile threats from North Korea but also increase its “strategic deterrence” against China.
South Korea, another US ally in the Asia Pacific, is also set to adopt the THAAD system. Global Times says this would allow both the countries to spy on northeastern and southeastern regions of China.
The report says China cannot stop Japan from acquiring THAAD. However, China can enhance its own missile defence programme with “smaller investment” and increase its nuclear arsenal rapidly. Further, China should also launch more submarines to circumvent the THAAD system as the country has a mature technology in ballistic missile nuclear submarines.
The Chinese official media also warns that the US is “intensifying” its missile defence system in the West Pacific and the Asian giant cannot expect President-elect Donald Trump to “retreat.” The article suggests that instead of worrying China should “focus more on what it can do, not what it can talk the US out of doing.”
The article also suggests that the Chinese should continue to be diplomatically “flexible” in the international arena for peace but must build a “reliable military might” to make the threats from the countries (US, Japan, South Korea) “void.”