Seoul and Beijing mend ties

World | REUTERS 5 Dec 2019

South Korea said it would seek China's help to denuclearize the Korean peninsula as one of Beijing's most senior diplomats arrived in Seoul yesterday to repair ties that soured over the deployment of US anti-missile systems in 2017.

Making his first visit in more than four years China's State Councillor Wang Yi, who also serves as foreign minister, met South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha yesterday before today's scheduled meeting with President Moon Jae In.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that the agenda for meetings was likely to include plans for a trilateral summit with Japan to be held in China later this month, a possible visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as denuclearization talks with North Korea.

Calling the two countries "close neighbors, friends and partners", Wang said they should work together to keep "regional peace and stability", Yonhap reported.

Kang said she looked forward to exchanging ideas to promote economic, environmental, and cultural cooperation, as well as "ways to work together to establish denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula."

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