China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2017

Kim Kwang-doo, endowed chair professor of economics at Sogang University was named vice chair of the presidential economic advisory committee while Hong Seok-hyun, former head of Korean Association of Newspapers and former chairman of local newspaper Joongang Ilbo Co., and Moon Chung-in, an honorary professor at Yonsei University, were named special advisors for diplomatic and security issues.

According to Lee, the political agitation that led to President Park's ouster should continue to push on Moon so that he lives up to his promises. He also said that China wanted to deal with disputes "appropriately" on the basis of trust and understanding.

This could be one of the latest signs that bilateral ties are recovering, especially after new South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a special envoy to Beijing this week. Before boarding a flight home to Korea on Saturday, Hong told reporters that the chance to hear Washington's views accurately helped a lot in preparing for President Moon's visit to the U.S. He noted that differences do exist between the allies, but said he will be able to find ways to narrow them.

The MOU on Friday urged the North to respond to the efforts of the worldwide community to achieve peace and stability on the Korean peninsula through denuclearization and the improvement of inter-Korean relations. "He also asked me to come and engage in deep dialogue". -South Korea partnership survived. "Seoul needs to make a choice between deploying THAAD and resuming Sino-South Korean relations".

Lotte, the South's fifth largest conglomerate, has had to shut down dozens of its stores in China due to boycott calls after the group agreed to provide a golf course in South Korea as a site for Thaad. Curiously, Trumps dependence on China may only increase. China sees THAAD as a threat to the regional security balance.

But in an apparent nod to the new administration of Moon Jae-in, the editorial insisted that peaceful unification can't be achieved if the South "follows the outsiders which attempt to divide and infiltrate the DPRK". But, some developments are made being from the South Korea side in order to strengthen its bonding with the US.

"Senator McCain clearly said the US pays the cost for deploying THAAD".

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