BEIJING, June 20 (Xinhua) -- China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) voiced willingness to improve bilateral relations during a strategic dialogue between foreign ministries.
China hoped the ROK would show political will and resolution, honor its commitment, and work together with China to properly handle relevant issues, to improve relations as soon as possible, said State Councilor Yang Jiechi while meeting with ROK First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam here on Tuesday.
Lim's visit comes at a crucial period of China-ROK relations, which have been severely affected by the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
Yang said that the two countries should stick to friendly cooperation, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns.
Lim cited ROK President Moon Jae-in saying the ROK hoped to improve relations with China.
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