Xi Jinping says willing to get China-South Korea’s ties back on trackXi Jinping says willing to get China-South Korea’s ties back on track

Xi Jinping says willing to get China-South Korea’s ties back on track

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a South Korean envoy on Friday that he was willing to put relations back on a “normal track” amid tensions over a US anti-missile system deployed on the Korean peninsula.

In an apparent fence-mending move. South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In dispatched his envoy Lee Hae-Chan to China after his election victory last week.

“We’re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back onto a normal track,” Xi said as he greeted Lee in Beijing.

“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.

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

Ties between the two countries have soured in recent months over the deployment of the powerful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) shield in South Korea. Which Beijing sees as a threat to its own military capability.

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

Left-leaning Moon and Xi spoke on the phone last week and both agreed that denuclearizing the North was a “common goal” between them, Moon’s spokesman said.

Tensions have been running high in the region. With Pyongyang launching what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet on Sunday.

“The United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea.”

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