China Lodges Protest Over Full THAAD Deployment

  • By Lee Kil-seong

    September 08, 2017 09:27

    China on Thursday lodged a formal protest over the full deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. in Korea.

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned Korea's Ambassador to China Kim Jang-soo and "demanded South Korea and the United States stop relevant deployment procedures immediately," a ministry spokesman told reporters.

    Chinese state media led with coverage of local protests against the deployment of four additional THAAD launchers in Seongju, South Gyeongsang Province in the early morning hours.

    American soldiers take the cover off launchers at the site of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday. /Yonhap

    CCTV said the deployment was completed "amid fierce protests" and showed locals and activists chanting slogans demanding the pullout of the THAAD, whose powerful radar China fears will be used to spy on its military maneuvers.

    The South Korean Embassy in Beijing warned expats in a message on WeChat to be wary of their personal safety and to "refrain from unnecessary debating or friction" with locals.

    The embassy issued a similar statement in March, when the first two THAAD launchers were deployed.

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