Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Korean FM to visit China to discuss preparations for summit

Korean FM to visit China to discuss preparations for summit

He repeated what was said in the agreement announced last month when the two countries agreed to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of a US anti-missile system, THAAD.

The nuclear ambitions of North Korea will likely top the agenda of a Moon-Xi meeting.

Tension on the Korean peninsula rose last month as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump exchanged war-like threats and insults over the North's nuclear and missile development program.

"We hope that South Korea will properly match its words with actions", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on October 31, noting that South Korea had agreed not to make further deployments of the missile shield.

"During the APEC summit on Saturday, Moon and Xi also agreed to immediately normalize bilateral exchanges in all sectors", Yoon added.

An armstice signed in the '50s technically put an end to hostilities between the two countries, but no peace treaty was signed.


The South Korean president called for immediate measures to remove China's apparent economic retaliation, which he said included anti-dumping tariffs imposed on South Korean goods and the exclusion of South Korean batteries produced in China for electric vehicles from China's government subsidies, according to Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan.

Officials are seeking to resume an annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea, which was scheduled for July but postponed as Beijing and Tokyo locked horns over maritime sovereignty in the East China Sea, and China and South Korea squabbled over THAAD.

While ties between Japan and China have improved since a long-running territorial dispute flared in 2012, Abe hasn't succeeded in dispelling the chill.

He said differences in understanding between South Korea and China, North Korea's lone major ally, regarding the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system on South Koran soil had not been resolved.

President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prior to further bilateral talks at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila on November 13.

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