Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China Urges S.Korea to 'Remove Obstacles' to Good Ties

China Urges S.Korea to 'Remove Obstacles' to Good Ties

Moon's special envoys arrived in Beijing and Washington earlier this week to explain the new government's stance on the issues facing the Korean Peninsula.

"From previous year, the South Korea-China relationship suffered a setback which should not have happened, and this is an unwanted situation", Wang said at the meeting.

Moon has indicated that he is prepared to review the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) anti-missile system that the Chinese believe will interfere with the regional balance. The process to deploy USA anti-missile system THAAD should be reviewed under Moon's government.

Moon's remarks came in a telephone conversation with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called the new South Korean leader to congratulate him on his recent election.

Never miss a story again - sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed! China's foreign minister Wang Yi and state councilor Yang Jiechi will also be joining the pair in discussion.

However, Lee was quoted by Xinhua as saying that South Korea "understood China's major concerns and was ready to strengthen coordination with China to remove any obstacles to the development of bilateral ties".

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Zheng Jiyong, director of the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University, told the Global Times that addressing the difficulties facing South Korean businesses in China is at the top of the special envoy's agenda during his visit.

THAAD is aimed at guarding against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, but China fears it will upset the regional security balance.

Korea's KBS World Radio reports that Lotte's Chinese website has been reopened following its closure several months ago in apparent retaliation to South Korea's deployment of the THAAD missile defense system.

"Stopping the deployment of THAAD is the bottom line of China", the newspaper said.

Steps that need to be taken in the short term include managing internal and external risks, creating jobs and boosting the economy through raising wages, Kim told reporters in Gwacheon, south of Seoul.

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the programme is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

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