U.S. deploys THAAD to South Korea
The U.S. military has begun installing a controversial missile defence shield in South Korea. The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is designed to protect against threats from North Korea.
China fears THAAD because the X-band radar that is part of the system could scan deep into China to track China’s missile systems, potentially giving the United States a significant advantage in any future conflict.
Beijing has already placed restrictions on Korean businesses that operate in China, including a tour-group ban on Chinese visitors to South Korea and shutting down 20 supermarkets of Lotte Group, a South Korean company that offered a golf course as land for THAAD use.