China's Xi calls on South Korea to resume dialogue with North

Leaders of S. Korea, China mend ties, reaffirm efforts to denuclearize N. Korea

Leaders of S. Korea, China mend ties, reaffirm efforts to denuclearize N. Korea

It is feared the thawing tensions between South Korea and China could outrage tyrannical North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un who may launch a deadly nuclear strike at any time.

The two were meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit of Asia Pacific leaders in the Vietnamese city of Danang.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Xi have also agreed to deepen cooperation between the two countries on North Korea, Abe said on Saturday after meeting Xi.

"The two leaders first agreed to hold a summit in China next month to discuss the future-oriented relationship between the two countries in a comprehensive manner", Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan told a press briefing after the Moon-Xi summit. "Watching your emphasis on achieving xiaokang society, where all the people enjoy comfort and prosperity, I was able to feel the spirit of a leader who deeply thinks about the people", Moon said.

"The two leaders praised the Seoul-Beijing agreement of October 31. and put bilateral exchanges and cooperation on the normal track in all areas", said presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

"We consider dialogue for the sake of dialogue meaningless".

"In this sense, Beijing may have decided that it had made its point over THAAD and that its interests would now be better served by improving relations with Seoul in order to help deal with the North Korea crisis in the coming months and push back against U.S. strategic designs on the region in the coming years", the writers summed up.

The leaders of South Korea and China, moon Jae-In and XI Jinping have agreed on the peaceful settlement of relations with North Korea.

That Beijing would soften its stance so easily after 16 months of tensions aroused suspicion in some quarters, with South Korea's Joongang Ilbo newspaper likening it to a sudden end to a "dark, endless tunnel". Earlier in the year, Seoul deployed a United States missile defence system, which Beijing regards as a threat to its security, but which Seoul feels is necessary in light of the provocation by Pyongyang.

Xi was quoted as saying it would be "new beginnings and a good start". Beijing, they said, typically doesn't want such punitive measures to damage long-term bilateral economic ties, global growth or the performance of China's economy.

China has been urged by both South Korea and the United States to take a more active role in curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions.

The arrangement casts a shadow over South Korea's security partnership with Japan and the U.S.as well.

South Korea attaches importance to China's concern on the THAAD issue, and has no intention to harm China's interests of strategic security, he said. The four-day exercise in the western Pacific involves three US aircraft carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - and seven South Korean warships including three destroyers. He added that he hoped China would continue to ratchet up the pressure on its restive neighbour.

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