South Korea President visit to China to soothe relations

Vastavam web: South Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China today to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing.Moon is also expected to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis during his four-day trip, which includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.China slapped a string of measures against South Korean businesses and banned group tours to the South, in moves seen as economic retaliation.

But last month, the two countries issued identically- worded statements on their mutual desire to improve relations.It did not state any specifics, but Beijing has demanded that Seoul formally promise not to deploy any more THAAD launchers and not to join any regional US missile defence system.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said Moon had arrived in Beijing, and would meet with South Korean residents and attend a business roundtable on Wednesday.Ties recently showed some albeit limited signs of thaw as China’s state tourism board approved last month Seoul-bound group tours from some parts of the country.We hope that the issue can continue to be handled properly and that the two sides can bring China-South Korea relations totally back to the track of sound and steady development,” Lu added.

China has also urged the United States, Japan and South Korea to suspend joint military drills in the region in return for North Korea to halt its nuclear activities an idea consistently rejected by Washington and Seoul.