07 July 2017

News Story: Chinese Ambassador calls THAAD biggest problem in Seoul-Beijing ties

SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- China's top envoy in Seoul on Thursday voiced hopes for a "reasonable" solution to the dispute over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, which he called the biggest problem in bilateral relations between Seoul and Beijing.

During a meeting with Choo Mi-ae, the leader of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party, Qiu Guohong also noted that since President Moon Jae-in took office in May, opportunities have emerged for the two countries to normalize and newly develop their ties.

"The issue of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is the biggest difficulty in the China-South Korea relationship," he said during the talks at the National Assembly. "Through joint efforts, I believe we can find a reasonable solution."

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