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Protests mount in China against South Korea's missile system

  • FILE - In this April 5, 2013 file photo, Chinese tourists take pictures at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, dividing the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. Beijing’s escalating condemnation of South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile system has triggered protests against a popular retail giant and a reported ban on Chinese tour groups visiting the country, apparent signs that Beijing plans to make Seoul pay an economic price over a move that China says threatens its security. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this April 5, 2013 file photo, Chinese tourists take pictures at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, dividing the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. Beijing’s escalating condemnation of South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile system has triggered protests against a popular retail giant and a reported ban on Chinese tour groups visiting the country, apparent signs that Beijing plans to make Seoul pay an economic price over a move that China says threatens its security. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 5, 2013 file photo, Chinese tourists look at a map of railroad between two Koreas cities, South's Munsan and North's Kaesong, which the two Koreas hope to reconnect as part of an agreement reached at a historic summit of Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong Il in 2000, at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. Beijing’s escalating condemnation of South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile system has triggered protests against a popular retail giant and a reported ban on Chinese tour groups visiting the country, apparent signs that Beijing plans to make Seoul pay an economic price over a move that China says threatens its security. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this April 5, 2013 file photo, Chinese tourists look at a map of railroad between two Koreas cities, South's Munsan and North's Kaesong, which the two Koreas hope to reconnect as part of an agreement reached at a historic summit of Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong Il in 2000, at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea. Beijing’s escalating condemnation of South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile system has triggered protests against a popular retail giant and a reported ban on Chinese tour groups visiting the country, apparent signs that Beijing plans to make Seoul pay an economic price over a move that China says threatens its security. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

Beijing's escalating condemnation of South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile system has triggered protests against a popular retail giant and a reported suspension of Chinese tours to the country.

Protesters have targeted hypermarket operator Lotte Mart, whose parent company, Lotte Group, agreed Monday to provide a golf course to South Korea's government to site the anti-missile system.

China says the system threatens its security because its radars are capable of peering deep into the country's north to monitor flights and missile launches. South Korea says it is needed to defend against North Korea's missile threat.

South Korea's state-run tourism agency said Friday that travel agents in China said they had been told to stop selling trips to South Korea. China National Tourism Administration did not immediately respond to faxed questions.