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China Protests South Korea’s THAAD Deployment

Thursday 7 September 2017
China Protests South Korea’s THAAD Deployment

Alwaght- China has lodged serious representations to South Korea over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Thursday that Beijing's position on THAAD deployment remains firm, clear and consistent.

The statement came after media reported that the ROK has installed the four remaining launchers of the U.S. anti-missile THAAD system on a former golf course.

Meanwhile, South Koreans protested overnight Wednesday till Thursday morning to reject the deployment of THAAD in the country. Protests were held in the once peaceful village of Soseong-ri in southeast of South Korea with demonstrators shouting and yelling, "Go away, violent police. Block THAAD to the end."

Thousands of policemen violently dispersed peace activists and residents living near the site of the US THAAD missile defense system.

Seoul's defense ministry said the remaining THAAD elements and other construction equipment would be delivered to the former golf course at Soseong-ri village in Seongju county, North Gyeongsang province within Thursday.

During the tussle between police and the protesters, tens of people were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. The vehicles blockading the access road were towed away one by one.

"Please stop just for 30 minutes. There is someone hurt in the head," shouted one of the protesters with an urgent voice. Another said one Soseong-ri granny got hurt on her head.

Violent suppression continued. One granny cried out in front of the wall of policemen, saying with a resentful voice: "How could the president do this to people? Why does (he) make people hurt severely? I cannot live with THAAD."

The deployment of THAAD in South Korea comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula with Russia and China vehemently opposing the deployment.

After a July meeting in Beijing between Russian President Vladimir Putin and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, the two leaders issued a joint statement noted that, “The sides agree that the deployment of THAAD anti-missile systems to Northeast Asia gravely damages strategic safety interests of regional powers, including Russia and China and do not contribute to the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as towards establishing peace and stability in the region,” the statement reads.

Russia and China oppose the deployment of the said systems and call on the countries involved to immediately halt and cancel the process of their deployment.”

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