Tensions increase in East Asia

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 8.3.2017 09:21

In the last few days, the Korean Peninsula has recorded increased tensions mostly caused by the planned deployment of the US-supplied THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) anti-missile system, approved by Seoul on 27 February.

According to South Korean officials, the Chinese government instructed local travel agencies to stop selling South Korean tours from 15 March. However, Beijing denied any knowledge of such directives, while at least one travel agency stopped selling South Korean trips on 3 March. Tensions were also increased due to annual military drills conducted by the US and South Korea, after which North Korea fired four ballistic missiles on 6 March. All of them have landed in water, with three of them ending in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

North Korea is losing its strongest ally, China. This is due to various events, including the mysterious murder of Kim Jong-nam, brother of Kim Jong-un and recent tests of ballistic missiles, which are the main reason for the planned deployment of the THAAD in South Korea. Relations between China and both Koreas are unlikely to improve in near future. 

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