Missile defense puts South Korea in East Asian squeeze

March 19, 2015 1:20 PM

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Missile defense puts South Korea in East Asian squeeze

US interest in placing a new generation of missile defense with a detection range of up to 1,200 miles on the Korean peninsula has brought a diplomatic dust-up between Beijing and Seoul, with China this week asking that the system not be deployed, and South Korea retorting that the decision is its own.

The dispute puts South Korea in the tough position of having to choose between its longtime ally and its main economic partner. And it comes just ahead of the first meeting in three years of the foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan, and China. Many hope the gathering will calm tensions over secur...

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