China sees THAAD deployment as 'weather vane' under Trump

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept testBy Benjamin Kang Lim and Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) – Whether President-elect Donald Trump goes through with a deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea will be a key indicator to how political ties unfold with China, sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing said. Beijing will also be keeping a close eye on Trump’s meeting on Thursday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, its key regional rival, for clues on how the President-elect, who has never held public office, is likely to conduct foreign policy, they said. South Korea and the United States have agreed to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system to counter missile threats from North Korea.

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