Chinese FM Asks Korea to 'Remove Obstacles' to Better Ties

Chinese FM Asks Korea to 'Remove Obstacles' to Better Ties

Chinese FM Asks Korea to 'Remove Obstacles' to Better Ties

The meeting took place at a time when Sino-ROK ties have suffered because of the deployment in the ROK of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

President Xi Jinping said Friday that China was ready to work with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to return bilateral ties to the normal track.

Xi's conciliatory tone came a day after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Lee that Seoul must "remove the obstacles that have been placed on the road to good relations between our two countries".

China has been infuriated by the United States deployment of the Thaad system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to its security and would do nothing to ease tensions with Pyongyang.

"I said I am aware THAAD is of concern to the strategic security interests of China, and that the Korean government will find a solution to the matter in a genuine manner".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a special envoy of new South Korean President Moon Jae In agreed Thursday to resume "shuttle diplomacy" between the two leaders, according to the envoy.

Seoul and Washington have argued that the missile system is aimed at North Korean aggression, while China sees it as a threat to its own security because its radar can peer deep into northeastern China.

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

It has retaliated against Seoul by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers. He urged Beijing to end the difficulties Korean businesses in China are experiencing due to an unofficial boycott.

South Korea has complained that some of its companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the Thaad deployment.

The South Korean leader had pledged to review the hasty deployment of THAAD at a golf course in central South Korea.

"We did not mention scrapping the agreement, but made it clear that most South Koreans can not accept the deal", Moon told reporters, upon arrival in Seoul.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the United States was working with China on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.

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