China's Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has met with a special envoy sent by new South Korean President Moon Jae-in as the two countries attempt to fix relations damaged by China's strong objections to the deployment of a high-tech American missile defense system in South Korea meant to guard against North Korean threats.

Xi also expressed China's willingness to properly deal with disputes and preserve the hard-won results that the two countries achieved in the past, as he began discussions with Lee Hae Chan, a former prime minister.

The envoy handed Abe a letter from President Moon stating that he hoped to meet Abe in the near future and restart the shuttle diplomacy. North Korea is adamant about not only continuing, but vastly improving its nuclear weapons program. A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

Lee was dispatched by South Korea's newly elected president, Moon Jae-in, to China in an attempt to keep communications open between the two countries "at a critical time".

"China attaches great significance to bilateral relations and is ready to cooperate with South Korean side to maintain the achievements reached between the countries", Xi was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency.

However, the election this month of Moon as president, replacing the ousted Park Geun Hye, has cast doubt over the agreement, which both governments previously had said "resolved (the issue) finally and irreversibly". He urged Beijing to end the difficulties Korean businesses in China are experiencing due to an unofficial boycott. It has retaliated against Seoul by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers. Shares in AmorePacific 090430.KS , its largest cosmetics firm, were up 0.9 percent. "North Korea's nuclear and missile threats have rapidly developed as of recent, and they are now a reality".

There is another danger present with regards to the new administration - namely the United States and China.

Moon has not been trying to lull anyone into a false sense of security, and recently warned that conflict was likely with North Korea along the land and sea border, despite efforts to make peace.

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