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Why US anti-missile system worries China

China's complaint is focused on the radar system, which could be used to track the People's Liberation Army's missile forces

A Thaad system being tested. China's real, underlying worry also appears to be that Thaad could open the door to a much wider, more advanced fence of anti-missile systems arrayed around it by US allies.


MAO Zedong famously dismissed the atomic bomb as a "paper tiger", able to kill and terrify, but not decisive in war. Even so, China built a nuclear arsenal of its own, and now concerns about the effectiveness of that arsenal as a deterrent are driving it into confrontation with...

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