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Hyundai halts China production as missile row cuts sales

Posted August 29

— Hyundai Motor Co. says it has halted production in China as tensions between Seoul and Beijing over an U.S. anti-missile system left the company unable to pay a supplier.

South Korea's largest automaker said all four of its factories that have been in operation in China stopped manufacturing vehicles as of Tuesday because a local parts supplier refused to supply components after Hyundai delayed payment.

Hyundai's sales in China tanked 64 percent during the April-June quarter as Chinese consumers shunned Korean cars due to Seoul's decision to deploy a U.S. missile defense system to deter North Korean aggression. China is worried that its powerful radars would peer into its territory.

Hyundai's April-June profit fell to the lowest level since 2010.

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