When the United States and South Korea decided in 2016 that US Forces Korea would deploy the THAAD missile defence shield system in South Korea, relations between Beijing and Seoul fell off a cliff. Photo: AP. When the United States and South Korea decided in 2016 that US Forces Korea would deploy the THAAD missile defence shield system in South Korea, relations between Beijing and Seoul fell off a cliff. Photo: AP.
When the United States and South Korea decided in 2016 that US Forces Korea would deploy the THAAD missile defence shield system in South Korea, relations between Beijing and Seoul fell off a cliff. Photo: AP.
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

Opinion: has China really backed down over South Korea missile shield row?

Two nations are trying to heal relations after defence shield dispute but Beijing appears to have won significant concessions from Seoul, Ankit Panda writes

When the United States and South Korea decided in 2016 that US Forces Korea would deploy the THAAD missile defence shield system in South Korea, relations between Beijing and Seoul fell off a cliff. Photo: AP. When the United States and South Korea decided in 2016 that US Forces Korea would deploy the THAAD missile defence shield system in South Korea, relations between Beijing and Seoul fell off a cliff. Photo: AP.
When the United States and South Korea decided in 2016 that US Forces Korea would deploy the THAAD missile defence shield system in South Korea, relations between Beijing and Seoul fell off a cliff. Photo: AP.
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.