Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

China's Xi Jinping seeks to reboot relations with South Korea

China's Xi Jinping seeks to reboot relations with South Korea

Moon's position is viewed favorably in Beijing, where suspicion remains the missile defense system could be used to monitor the Chinese military.

"We noticed that the new South Korean administration has brought new changes to the country's China policy, and its attitude towards China is also different from that of its predecessor", Wang said.

The ban on trip sales, which has wrecked havoc on South Korean firms, especially the retail and duty-free sectors that rely heavily on Chinese customers, have yet to be lifted, although some claims have been made by travel industry and the Korean Embassy in China over possible signs of a diplomatic thaw after new President Moon Jae-in took office on May 10. They were believed to have held talks on prospects for 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.

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".

"Senator McCain clearly said the USA pays the cost for deploying THAAD".

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Washington's deployment of the missile defense system is another of a number of factors that have stoked tensions in the region, as the United States and Pyongyang have traded threats and shows of force in the last few months.

Japan is also exploring the idea of hosting a trilateral summit with South Korea and China on the occasion of Moon's visit to Japan.

Since Moon Jae-in took office on May 10, signs have emerged that Beijing and Seoul are seeking to reconcile their differences and fix damaged relations caused by the THAAD dispute.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping called Moon last week to congratulate him on his election, Moon reportedly asked Xi for help in ending the economic retaliation that has taken a toll on South Korean businesses.

Although the band relocated to Seoul to learn the language, fans questioned their perceived lack of training, compared to South Korean artists who attend militant "K-pop academies" for over a decade before their official debut.

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