China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

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On the issue of the US -operated antimissile system, Moon said he would carefully approach the matter after he is briefed by special envoys on their consultations with the leaders of important foreign nations they were sent to.

China wants to put ties with South Korea back on a "normal track", President Xi Jinping said yesterday, but Beijing also urged Seoul to respect its concerns and resolve tensions over the deployment of a United States anti-missile system that it opposes.

"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. Hong was also scheduled to meet with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry.

South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duk-haeng told reporters the government's most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should reopen.

Xi's conciliatory tone came a day after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Lee that Seoul must "remove the obstacles that have been placed on the road to good relations between our two countries".


In Beijing, Lee said Moon may have his first face-to-face talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 conference in July in Hamburg, Germany.

Yonhap quoted Hong as saying: "The most impressive thing that I heard (from Tillerson) was that sanctions and pressure are not by themselves aimed at harassing North Korea, but are designed to create an opportunity for North Korea's development through opening its doors and scrapping its nuclear program". Washington later invoiced Seoul for the defense shield - a step strongly opposed by the South Korean authorities.

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. He also said he hopes to address these issues together with the new South Korean government.

When Xi 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.

Chinese-South Korean relations deteriorated after Seoul approved the positioning of the system.

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