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  • 25.05.2020
S Korea, China to mend ties after THAAD

S Korea, China to mend ties after THAAD

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South Korea and China have agreed to work swiftly to get their relations back on track following a year-long standoff over the deployment of a controversial US anti-missile system in South Korea.
The installation of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system had angered China and spilled over into trade, hurting South Korean business interests in the country.
China believed the system's powerful radar could be used to look inside its territory. South Korea and the United States have repeatedly said THAAD only serves to defend against the growing missile threat from North Korea.
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"Both sides shared the view that the strengthening of exchange and co-operation between Korea and China serves their common interests and agreed to expeditiously bring exchange and cooperation in all areas back on a normal development track," South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in will meet with China's President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an upcoming summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries in Vietnam on November 10-11, South Korea's presidential office said.
The two heads of state are likely to discuss North Korea's missile and nuclear program as well as ways to develop bilateral ties, a senior South Korean presidential Blue House official later told reporters.
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Pyongyang has undertaken an unprecedented missile testing program in recent months, as well as its biggest nuclear test yet in early September, as it seeks to develop a powerful nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.
The moves have angered China, North Korea's only major ally, and drawn further tough sanctions from the United Nations and the United States.
The head of NATO on Tuesday urged all United Nation members to fully and transparently implement sanctions against North Korea, which he said has emerged as a global threat able to fire ballistic missiles as far as Europe and North America.
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"North Korea's ballistic and nuclear tests are an affront to the United Nations Security Council," North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Tokyo.
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