China calls for advancing free trade talks with S.Korea, Japan

China calls for advancing free trade talks with S.Korea, Japan

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday urged South Korea to continue making substantive efforts to remove obstacles in bilateral ties so as to ensure their sound and steady development.

It provided no details but China has been seeking to get relations with Japan and South Korea back on track after disputes over how to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, and, in Japan's case, over the two countries' sensitive wartime history.

"We hope that South Korea will properly match its words with actions", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on October 31, noting that South Korea had agreed not to make further deployments of the missile shield.

"South Korean President Moon Jae-in is now also here on the third and final leg of his eight-day, three nation Southeast Asia tour".

Moon said he feels the Seoul-Beijing relationship is making a new start toward a new era.

Also on Saturday, the US and South Korea launched a joint naval drill in a show of strength against the North's leader Kim Jong-un.

President Moon Jae-in (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo ahead of their successful summit at the Crown Plaza Da Nang in Da Nang, Vietnam, on November 11.

Moon added: "I strongly hope that both countries can work hard together in order to make up for the lost time between the two of us", he added. South Korean companies with Chinese customers had suffered due to backlash from China, which has vehemently opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

He also proposed resuming high-level economic dialogue to discuss detailed measures to fix the countries' ties, as well as their trade and economic relations.

Speaking to reporters in the Philippines, Moon also said if North Korea agreed to talks, negotiations could be held with all options open although it was too early to say specifically what.

The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday (11/11/2017) agreed on the need to manage the security situation on the Korean peninsula in a stable way.



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