South Korea and China Agree to Normalize Relations After THAAD Issue

Kyung Ho Kim, Nov. 13, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Saturday agreed to normalize ties frayed by the THAAD spat and meet again in Beijing next month. They reached the agreement on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

"The two leaders praised the Seoul-Beijing agreement of Oct. 31... and put bilateral exchanges and cooperation on the normal track in all areas," said presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan. Xi called it "a new start and a good beginning."

Moon invited Xi to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics early next year. But the spat was not wholly put to rest, and Xi urged Moon to take a "responsible attitude" on THAAD, and Moon reassured him that the missile defense battery is not aimed at China.

The two leaders also agreed to try and solve the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully through dialogue. Meanwhile, Moon arrived in Manila, the Philippines on Sunday afternoon for the ASEAN+3 Summit.

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