The US Army is considering Busan as the most likely proposed site for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. It is expected to cause a great deal of controversy in the city.
Considering the special characteristics of the missile defense system, the US Army has recently surveyed 5 sites including the US Army base in Pyeongtaek, Wonju City of Gangwon-do, Busan Gijang-gun, and Gimhae International Airport to host THAAD.
Without having any official position from the South Korean government, local political circles in Busan have expressed concerns about the potential results by the US.
Additionally, China called on South Korea today to take heed of Beijing’s concern over the possible deployment of an advance U.S. missile-defense system on South Korean soil when Seoul makes a decision on the issue.
The United States has expressed its hope to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (or THAAD) battery in South Korea.
But Seoul and Washington have said that there have been neither consultations nor a decision related to the THAAD deployment.
China has explicitly voiced its opposition to Washington’s possible deployment of a THAAD battery in South Korea, apparently out of concerns the move may be aimed at containing a rising China.
Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Jianchao said after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Lee Kyung-soo in Seoul that they had very candid and free discussions over the THAAD issue.
He also said that it would be appreciated if Seoul takes account of China’s concerns and worries.
Liu, who arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a four-day visit, expressed China’s hope that South Korea and the U.S. make an “appropriate” decision on the issue, but also added that China is concerned about a possible deployment. Source: Busan eFM News
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