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Newsline: Chinese ambassador warns against a second missile defense battery in South Korea

South Korea will hazard its improving relationship with China if it deploys a second American-made missile defense battery, China’s ambassador in Seoul implied. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, is a sensitive topic in relations between the two countries, and South Korea “should not be treading in that step again,” Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming said in a speech at the Millennium Hilton Seoul hotel, according to news reports. (https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-04-11/south-korea-china-thaad-missile-defense-battery-seoul-5651009.html) Xing, speaking at an event hosted by the Institute for Global Strategy and Cooperation, described China-South Korea relations as “really bad” following the THAAD deployment. They had “recovered the right track because the two nations made joint efforts,” he said. China, one of North Korea’s few allies, opposed the THAAD deployment and continues to consider it harmful to Beijing’s security interests in the region. The $800 million THAAD missile defense system developed by Lockheed Martin has been staged at a South Korean military base in Seongju, roughly 130 miles south of Seoul, since 2017. China responded to the THAAD deployment with what experts believe was a state-sanctioned boycott against South Korea in 2017. South Korea’s economic losses with its top trading partner came to around $7 billion, according to South Korean lawmakers.

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