Chinese FM Asks Korea to 'Remove Obstacles' to Better Ties

  • By Lee Kil-seong

    May 19, 2017 12:50

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Thursday with a special envoy from President Moon Jae-in as the two countries seek to mend frayed ties over the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here.

    Former prime minister Lee Hae-chan, now a lawmaker with the new ruling party, also meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.

    "We're now at a crossroads in our relations," Wang told Lee and urged the new Korean administration to "remove the obstacles" that stand in the way of better ties -- a broad hint at the THAAD battery.

    Korean envoy Lee Hae-chan (left) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting in Beijing, China on Thursday.

    Lee said the Moon administration is "ready to bolster dialogue and enhance mutual understanding." He urged Beijing to end the difficulties Korean businesses in China are experiencing due to an unofficial boycott.

    Lee earlier told reporters in Beijing that Moon hopes to sit down with Xi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Germany in July as well as on Aug. 24, which marks the 25th anniversary of bilateral relations. 

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