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US, China lock horns on missile defense against NKorea


              In this March 7, 2017, photo, protesters shout slogans during a rally to oppose the plan to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defe...

In this March 7, 2017, photo, protesters shout slogans during a rally to oppose the plan to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defe...

WASHINGTON (AP) — If China was hoping for a concession from the U.S. after recently suspending coal imports from cash-poor North Korea it got the opposite.

The U.S. is starting to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea which the allies say is needed to defend against North Korea, but which China also views as a threat.

That adds to strains in the high-stakes relationship between Washington and Beijing weeks into Donald Trump's presidency and could further complicate cooperation between the two world powers in combating something they both oppose — North Korea's nuclear program.

The U.S. move on missile defense follows North Korea's launch this week of four ballistic missiles into the ocean off Japan in response to annual U.S.-South Korean military drills.


Updated : 2021-03-07 08:19 GMT+08:00