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Only around 20 out of 99 Lotte Mart in operation in China Updated: 2017-03-20 04:00:53 KST

Shifting our focus to China's continued economic retaliation against South Korea over the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD.
Only a fifth of the Lotte Marts in China are open for business.
According to Korean retail giant, as of last weekend, more than 60 of their stores were hit with suspension orders for violating the Chinese government's fire safety inspections.
A dozen other chains closed voluntarily.
Industry sources say if these 79 stores are forced to shut down for a month, Lotte Mart could suffer losses of around 80 million U.S. dollars.
Since agreeing to provide the land to host the anti-missile battery, which Beijing perceives as a threat to its national security, Lotte Group has had to bear the brunt of the Chinese government's backlash.

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