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

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

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a visiting South Korean envoy on Thursday that China hopes the new government in Seoul will correct the problems that have been encountered in their relations.

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

In the song, group members chant that "about THAAD we say no, no, no", a reference to the U.S. Army's missile defense system formally known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

The Chinese leader voiced his hopes to put relations "back onto a normal track" after resolving the existing disputes. South Korea's special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Friday, May 19, 2017.

Before leaving, Lee said a summit between Xi and Moon could happen as soon as July on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Germany.

Lee said South Korean President Moon Jae-In had dispatched him to China to keep communications open between the two countries "at a critical time".

"Stopping the deployment of THAAD is the bottom line of China", the newspaper said.

Later in the song, they refer to South Korea, saying, "this time, kid, you're going too far" and "your big brother's annoyed", a nod to China's view of itself as the pre-eminent political and economic power in northeast Asia. "We believe South Korea will bring clear measures to improve relations", Wang said.

Shares in Lotte Shopping 023530.KS reversed earlier losses to rise 1.5 percent, while Hotel Shilla 008770.KS , South Korea's second-largest duty free store operator, rose 2.8 percent.

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the programme is necessary to counter USA aggression. The threat from Pyongyang presents U.S. President Donald Trump with one of his greatest security challenges.

Seoul and Washington have argued that the missile system is aimed at North Korean aggression, while China sees it as a threat to its own security because its radar can peer deep into northeastern China.

The video - viewed by Wednesday more than 300,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and nearly 2.7 million times on the Chinese video-posting site Maiopai - represents the latest example of China's use of non-diplomatic channels to broadcast its displeasure with South Korea.

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