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Lotte Land Swap Missile Deal Sparks China Backlash

By Coco Feng
Lotte Co. Ltd.'s official China website has suddenly gone offline, as the South Korean company faces a backlash in China from its decision to sell its nation's government a Lotte golf course to use for a U.S. anti-missile defense system. Photo: Visual China
Lotte Co. Ltd.'s official China website has suddenly gone offline, as the South Korean company faces a backlash in China from its decision to sell its nation's government a Lotte golf course to use for a U.S. anti-missile defense system. Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) — South Korean retail giant Lotte Group’s decision this week to allow a golf course it owns to be the site of an anti-missile defense system strongly opposed by Beijing has sparked some backlash in China — and possibly a hack of its website.

Lotte’s official China website (http://www.lotte.cn) couldn’t be accessed as of Wednesday, and remained unavailable on Thursday — a problem caused by an unidentified external computer virus, company spokesperson Han Bo Young said.

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