China Refuses to Meet Korean Finance Minister at G20

  • By Shon Jin-seok

    March 20, 2017 12:16

    Yoo Il-ho

    Chinese Finance Minister Xiao Jie refused to meet his Korean counterpart Yoo Il-ho on the sidelines of G20 talks in Germany on Friday and Saturday.

    Yoo had hoped to mend fences amid economic retaliation from Beijing over Seoul's decision to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here.

    "We were informed that it won't be possible due to scheduling issues," Song In-chang, an assistant deputy finance minister, told reporters Sunday. But a ministry source said, "The Chinese side didn't appear to want to meet with us."

    Xiao was appointed in November last year and Yoo has not yet had a chance to meet with him. Prospects are thinning as Yoo will be out of a job in early May, when Korea elects a new president.

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