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South Korea’s tourism industry to be the first to suffer: expert

Due to South Korea's decision to deploy the US missile defense system Markus Granlund Jersey , the South Korean economy will bear the brunt of China's tough response, and its trade surplus with China might heavily shrink or even disappear in the long run, experts warned.

Many tourism services to South Korea have been withdrawn from all major Chinese tourism platforms, including Tuniu and Ctrip, because of tensions caused by South Korea's decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

"South Korea's tourism industry will be the first to suffer, and the damage will expand to other areas, such as trade, education and cultural exchanges if THAAD is deployed in that country," said Lü Chao, a research fellow at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences.

A Ctrip customer service representative told the Global Times on Sunday that all tourism services - for tourist groups and independent trips - have been canceled since March, adding that she did not know when these services would be restored.

"The suspension will remain until we receive new instructions from the National Tourism Administration (NTA), and we will recommend other destinations to customers for the moment," she said.

An anonymous employee at Tuniu also told the Global Times that "it was THAAD that has caused this situation."

"We have to finish all scheduled trips to South Korea before Thursday since the customers have already paid, but we have to cancel destinations linked to Lotte (a South Korean company which provided land for THAAD's deployment)," a Beijing-based travel agent surnamed Chen said.

Chen added that many customers did not want to go to South Korea anymore and asked for a refund as "South Korea is no longer friendly to us because of THAAD."

The NTA suggested Chinese nationals prudently choose a resort destination, according to the administration's reminder issued on March 3.

A Securities Daily's report on Friday said not only tourist agencies, but several airline companies have also cancelled or reduced the number of flights to South Korea, such as budget carrier Spring Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

"South Korea enjoys a trade surplus with China because of China's favorable policies on South Korean imports rather than a need for those products, Lü said.

Therefore, reducing South Korea's trade surplus with China is very likely to happen in the future and it will not hurt China too much but will deeply harm South Korea's economy, since South Korea relies heavily on exports, Lü pointed out.

"South Korea's trade volume with China is almost twice that of the US and Japan combined," Lü said.

ISTANBUL, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Turkish hopes to kick Kurdish militia out of the Syrian city of Manbij seem to have been thwarted as the United States, Russia and the Syrian government cooperate to deter a Turkish advance by deploying troops around the city.

The U.S.-backed Kurdish militia forces challenged Turkey's threat to remove them from the city by declaring they will continue to hold the Syrian town.

Analysts advised against a Turkish military move to capture Manbij, warning Turkey would find itself confronting all other actors in the Syrian theatre.

"Such a move would put Turkey at cross purposes with both Washington and Moscow as well as the Syrian regime," Faruk Logoglu, a former diplomat who held top posts in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, told Xinhua.

Some U.S. troops are stationed inside and in rural parts of western Manbij since last week to deter actors from attacking groups other than the Islamic State (IS), Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Monday.

The Kurdish militia also handed over last week several villages in western Manbij to the Syrian army to serve as a buffer zone with the Turkish troops. Some outposts held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) with Russian flags in the area were recently published in the Turkish press.

"The Syrian conflict would then morph into a much larger conflagration, spelling the end of peace talks and leading to Turkey's further isolation," warned Logoglu.

Reuters reported earlier Monday that the Manbij Military Council (MMC) of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the town and its rural area are protected by the council under the surveillance of the U.S.-led coalition forces.

The SDF is largely dominated by the YPG which Turkey sees as the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been waging an insurgency against Turkey for over 30 years.

Top Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed in recent weeks that the Turkish troops will move on to capture Manbij unless the YPG leaves the town.

Manbij lies about 30 kilometers to the west of the Euphrates River and is strategically important to unite the two Kurdish cantons in northeastern Syria with the third Afrin canton in the western part of the river.

"An attempt to capture Manbij would mean confrontation with three critical actors in Syria, namely the U.S., Russia and Syria as well as Iran," Ilhan Uzgel, a senior analyst in international relations, told Xinhua.

"So, it's highly unlikely for Turkey to take such a step now," he added.

The U.S. move came after reports last week that the Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by the Turkish military, had seized some villages in the rural parts of western Manbij from the SDF.

The Pentagon spokesman's remarks indicated that the U.S. does not approve of the Turkish plan to drive the Kurdish militia from the town.

"There is not a need for others to advance on it in attempts to 'liberate' it," Davis was quoted as telling reporters.

The Turkish forces, backed by FSA militants, captured last mon Introduction


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