Beijing peeved at US deployment of THAAD in S Korea

Published on : Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Terminal High Altitude Area DefenseApparently ‘hurt’ by South Korea’s permission in allowing the US to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in their country, China has banned all its tour operators from selling packaged tours to the neighbouring nation, media reports stated.

The move can cause a drop in their tourism, media reports quoted South Korean officials as saying.

Korea is expected to lose around 4.7 million foreign tourists due to the embargo.

With the ban in place, the Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO) has predicted a drop of 27 percent in tourist footfalls, compared to last year, the reports said.

The Chinese travelers alone makes up Korea’s 46.8 percent tourist population, which when taken out of the equation, is expected to cause a serious damage to the tourism industry.

The embargo started after South Korea allowed US to implement the defence system.

The Chinese complained that though the US has implemented the defence system in order to avert threat from North Korea, its powerful radar can penetrate Beijing and meddle with China’s security.

“With the current trend, South Korea’s tourism industry could enter a long-term depression,” a KTO officer told the local Yonhap news agency.

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