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China to Assess Using Trade to Hurt South Korea Over Thaad

  • Beijing to consider limiting imports from South Korea
  • Move shows the potential fallout of missile defense deployment
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 21 : Residents of the Seongju municipality attend a rally in front of Seoul Station in Seoul, South Korea, 21 July 2016, to protest against the deployment of an advanced US missile defense system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in the town of Seongju, a county some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
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China is considering steps such as limiting imports of South Korean goods and services as it seeks to apply pressure on Seoul not to deploy a U.S. missile shield system, according to people familiar with the matter.

Authorities are also considering the suspension of some investments and acquisitions in South Korea, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. China is also assessing the impact of steps already taken on visas and in the entertainment and tourism sectors, they said.