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Seoul should stop dancing to wrong tune of THAAD

By Liang Qidong | China Daily | Updated: 2017-03-06 07:58

The Republic of Korea's defense ministry signed a land swap deal with Lotte Group on Tuesday to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in the country, which China and Russia believe will further compromise regional security. Reports say THAAD could be installed as early as June, before the ROK elects a new president.

That THAAD's deployment will escalate tensions on the already tense Korean Peninsula is a foregone conclusion. The missile interceptor, which is to be deployed at the forefront of the United States' anti-missile system in West Pacific, not only makes the ROK an expendable chess piece in Washington's "rebalancing to Asia" game, but could also trigger a new "cold war" in Northeast Asia where distrust already prevails.

On Thursday, China's Ministry of Commerce spokesman Sun Jiwen reiterated the country's stern opposition to and urged relevant parties to stop pressing ahead with the deployment of the anti-missile system. Asked about the anti-Lotte sentiment among some Chinese netizens, Sun said the Chinese government welcomes all foreign enterprises and protects their operations in the country as long as they are legal.

Seoul should stop dancing to wrong tune of THAAD

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