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China's Xi says willing to put S.Korea ties back on track

South Korean President Moon Jae-in carries a food tray as he has lunch with technical staff of the Presidential Blue House at an employee South Korean President Moon Jae-in carries a food tray as he has lunch with technical staff of the Presidential Blue House at an employee
Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 18:55

"Your visit to China to step up the communication on important issues related to bilateral relations... shows President Moon and his administration have attached high importance to our ties", Xi said. South Korea's special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Wednesday, May 19, 2017.

For his part, Lee said Moon asked him to express his "gratitude" to Xi for his message of congratulations after the election.

Lee said Thursday during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that South Korea fully understands China's concern over the deployment of THAAD, which has harmed the two countries' mutual trust and exchanges, Xinhua said.

Lee met separately with other senior Chinese officials, who had more forceful words for the South Korean visitor.

They were expected to discuss ways of containing North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities as well as the economic fallout over the deployment in South Korea of the USA missile defense system called THAAD.

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South Korea has complained that some of its companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the THAAD deployment. Shares in Amore Pacific, its largest cosmetics firm, were up 0.9%.

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.

While North Korea regularly tests shorter range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland. Trump and Moon have both also warned that a major conflict with the North is possible.

Moon sent envoys to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union this week in what the government calls "pre-emptive diplomacy".

The sides tentatively agreed to arrange the face-to-face talks between Moon and Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 conference in July in Hamburg, Germany.

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