Posted BY: Billy | NwoReport
A bilateral meeting between the Chinese and South Korean foreign ministers isn’t normally a newsworthy event. But when South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin flew to Beijing this week to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a five-hour session, the two men walked away without resolving an issue that has confounded bilateral relations for years: Seoul’s deployment of the U.S.-manufactured Terminal High Altitude Air Defense System, or THAAD.
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The drama stretches back to 2016, when then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye authorized a THAAD deployment to increase Seoul’s self-defense capacity against North Korea’s growing arsenal of short and medium-range ballistic missiles. The deployment and installation of the missile battery were viewed at the time as a relatively affordable way to respond to Pyongyang’s incessant missile launches — and as a defensive system, it was a more restrained alternative than doubling down on South Korea’s own offensive missile capability.