THAAD system harming China-S.Korea

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/14 20:48:39

South Korea's deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system has greatly harmed China's strategic security interests and will hinder the sound growth of economic and trade cooperation with the country, Gao Feng, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), told a press conference on Thursday.

China hopes that South Korea will respect China's key interests and properly address related issues to create a good environment for bilateral economic and trade cooperation, according to MOFCOM.

In recent years, the economic and trade relations between China and South Korea have been stable overall, but support from the public is also needed, Gao said, noting that the deployment of the THAAD system has caused disquiet among Chinese people.

The economic and trade ties between China and South Korea have strong complementarities and large growth potential, Gao noted.

From January to August, trade between China and South Korea reached $176 billion, an increase of 10.4 percent year-on-year, according to data fromMOFCOM.

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