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China Issues Strong Warning against Thermonuclear War Danger

April 4, 2012 (EIRNS)—While high-ranking U.S. military leaders, together with Russian and Chinese leaders, have engaged in increasingly active war-avoidance measures, the London-based financial oligarchy remains committed to global conflict, and is counting on President Obama to deliver.

Indeed, when Obama was in Seoul, South Korea, for the Nuclear Security Summit on March 26-27, the U.S. Defense Department announced plans to erect a missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East in addition to the anti-missile defense system to be installed in Europe, near Russia's borders. In response to the U.S. provocation, a major strategic shift in military plans is underway both in Moscow and Beijing.

In an unsigned editorial on March 29, China's Global Times warned of the consequences—including possible thermonuclear war—saying the U.S. plans

"will no doubt create disturbance and tension in the region, as it has in Europe. Japan, South Korea and Australia, which are invited to join the system, must seriously ponder the consequences. North Korea and Iran are named by Washington as the targets of the missile defense system, though it is clear the real targets are China and Russia.

"China should firmly oppose it ... and assess what long-term damage this system will impose on China's strategic security." Although China may not be able to stop the installation, the editorial of the Communist Party daily writes, it can counterbalance the impact. "China can copy it and upgrade its nuclear weapon capability due to the possible threats posed by the US system. Specifically, China can improve its nuclear weapons in both quantity and quality as well as develop offensive nuclear-powered submarines. China's ballistic missiles should be able to break the interception capability of the US system."

The editorial goes on to strongly suggest that the government may be obliged to abandon its "no first use" policy.

"If Japan, South Korea and Australia join the system, a vicious arms race in Asia may follow. It is not what China wants to see, but it will have to deal with it if the arms race happens. The U.S. is creating waves in Asia. The region may see more conflicts intensify in the future. China should make utmost efforts to prevent it, but prepare for the worst."