South Korea began deploying the Terminal High Altitude Defense (THAAD) system in 2016, and China is unhappy about it; recently, former South Korean Attorney General Yun Seok-yeol, who has announced his candidacy for next year’s South Korean presidential election, and Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming once again exchanged barbs over the issue. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in response to Xing Haiming’s remarks that “it will not help the development of relations between the two countries” and stressed that it had expressed its position to the embassy.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, Yin Xiyue was interviewed by the South Korean media “Joongang Daily” on the 15th and stated that the SAD system is an act of national sovereignty and that China should withdraw the remote radar deployed by China on the South Korean border before asking South Korea to withdraw its deployment; Xing Haiming then also responded through the op-ed “Joongang Daily”, saying that “Chinese radar will not threaten South Korea “The decision to deploy SAD has undermined the strategic mutual trust between China and South Korea.
The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said to Xing Haiming that such comments would not help the development of relations between the two countries, and has already communicated its position to the Chinese Embassy in South Korea.
However, it has not yet been confirmed whether Hyung Hae Myung’s contribution is a personal act or an order from the Chinese government.
A foreign ministry official stressed that South Korea’s position on the deployment of SAD remains unchanged and that the deployment is not directed against other countries and will not harm China’s strategic interests.