February 25, 2024

Will THAAD impede China-U.S. cooperation over North Korea?

THAAD has driven a wedge between the two - but working for peace in Korea is still possible

On March 6, North Korea tested four ballistic missiles. On the same night, the first shipment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) arrived at the U.S. Air Force Base in Osan, South Korea. This week, key THAAD components were deployed in the South: whoever wins next month's election will face the challenge of taking on the THAAD dispute.

China, in response to the THAAD deployment, has imposed official retaliatory measures against South Korea, threatening the Republic of Korea's economic security and the broadly amicable China-ROK relations that have prevailed over the past 25 years.