Date
23 May 2017
A screenshot shows a woman eating off the shelves in a Lotte store in Shenyang (inset). Lotte's stores in China have been the target of an anti-Korean backlash. Photo: YouTube, caijing.com
A screenshot shows a woman eating off the shelves in a Lotte store in Shenyang (inset). Lotte's stores in China have been the target of an anti-Korean backlash. Photo: YouTube, caijing.com

No evidence of Chinese retaliation over THAAD: S Korea minister

A senior South Korean official said Monday that there is no firm evidence China has retaliated for Seoul’s deployment of a missile defense system.

As such, Seoul has not taken any action against Beijing but will not hesitate to do so if necessary, Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho told reporters, according to Reuters.

China has criticized Seoul for deciding to install the THAAD missile defense system which cannot only protect South Korea from missile attacks from North Korea but also monitor Beijing’s military developments.

There were rumors online that China is deploying its Dongfeng-41 road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile to cope with the threat from THAAD, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The South Korean government is trying to arrange a meeting between Yoo and his Chinese counterpart, Xiao Jie, when the G20 finance ministers conference is held in Hamburg, Germany this weekend

Meanwhile, although Beijing has not announced any official move against Seoul, multiple incidents in the past few days suggested an anti-South Korea backlash driven by patriotism has emerged in China.

In one incident, the Hangzhou Entry-Exit inspection and Quarantine Bureau in Zhejiang province announced that it had recently destroyed a batch of poor-quality goods imported from South Korea after it found health-threatening heavy metals in some of them.

In another incident, more than 3,400 passengers who arrived in the port of Jeju on a cruise ship on Saturday allegedly refused to disembark as a form of protest against South Korea.

But one of the passengers said in a social media post on Monday that it was the ship operator that prevented them from getting off by impounding their passports.

Separately, news website hk01.com reported that a woman in Shenyang in northeastern Liaoning province was caught sabotaging a local supermarket operated by South Korean Lotte Group, which has been targeted by a Chinese boycott.

In a 49-second video clip, which went viral soon after it was posted online, the woman is seen at a Lotte supermarket eating snacks and drinking beverages apparently without paying for them as well as vandalizing the place.

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