News Excerpt
China has issued a statement reiterating its long-standing objections to the presence of the US THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.

Pre-Connect
•    THAAD is an acronym for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a transportable, ground-based missile defense system.
•    This anti-ballistic missile defense system has been designed and manufactured by the US company Lockheed Martin.
•    South Korea is not the only country with the THAAD missile defense system. It has been previously deployed in the UAE, Guam, Israel and Romania.

Key Highlights
    China’s opposition has little to do with the missiles itself and is more about the system’s inbuilt advanced radar systems that could track China’s actions.
    The controversy also has much to do with the geo-politics and complex conflicts in East Asia, with the US having a presence in the region particularly through its many military bases in Japan and South Korea.
    China believes the US exerts influence over South Korea and Japan and may interfere with Beijing’s long-term military, diplomatic and economic interests in the region.