NEW YORK: Premier Li Keqiang voiced Beijing's opposition to the plan by Washington and Seoul to deploy an advanced missile-defense system in the Republic of Korea while meeting with US President Barack Obama in New York.

Li said "it is hoped that all parties will avoid taking actions that lead to escalation of the tense situation".

He and Obama met on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Earlier this year, Washington and Seoul agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, angering Beijing and Moscow. The system's radar has a maximum reach of 2,000 km and could cover parts of China and Russia.