Complications on Korean Peninsula

China Is Firm in Its Resolve to Oppose THAAD Deployment

(By Hu Zexi. Renmin Ribao (人民网, People’s Daily Online), March 6, 2017. http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0306/c90000 - 9186539.html. Complete text:) China is firm in its resolve to oppose the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and will never be hesitate in taking necessary actions to safeguard its own security interests, People’s Daily stressed in a commentary published on Saturday [March 4], criticizing the ROK government and its business’s stubborn persistence in THAAD deployment.

The editorial under the pen name of Zhongsheng, which is usually used to voice China’s stance on foreign affairs, came amid pouring anger and blames from Chinese government and media against the ROK government and Lotte Group, the country’s fifth-largest conglomerate.

Lotte put itself on fire after it agreed on a land swap deal to enable an early deployment of the US-backed missile shield system. The swap, which gives the ROK defense ministry the Lotte Skyhill Country Club in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province, for the deployment of the THAAD system, paves way for a speedy installation of the system by late June at the earliest.

Lotte’s latest decision trapped itself into a complicated strategic game in Northeast Asia. The panicky local media, in recent days, have been busy with guessing whether the retail giant will be sanctioned by China.

It is true that the decision of Seoul and Washington to deploy the THAAD system last July has severely damaged the public foundation of China-ROK cooperation, the article pointed out, indicating that the political estrangement has been spilled to economic, trade and cultural exchanges.

It is predictable that bilateral cooperation will definitely meet more icebergs if the ROK is stubborn on its decision, the paper stressed.

China welcomes foreign companies investing in the country and will always protect their rights and ...

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