China says hopes new South Korean government will correct problems

South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in thanks supporters at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul South Korea

South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in thanks supporters at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul South Korea

"We hope South Korea's new government realizes the problems that we have encountered and take effective measures to remove the obstacles so that the relationship between the two countries can be on a good developmental track as soon as possible".

"This is the desire of our two peoples but also our governments".

China has been infuriated by the USA deployment of an advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to its security and would do nothing to ease tension with North Korea.

Moon, for his part, in the run up to him winning the presidential election in South Korea said he would look to renegotiate and revise the 2015 agreement inked between both countries.

At the talks held in Tokyo on Thursday, Abe and Moon Hee-sang, a lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party in South Korea, reaffirmed an agreement made between Abe and Moon Jae-in by telephone after the latter was sworn in as president recently, to build a future-oriented bilateral relationship. The strategy seems to be having an effect, as North Korea this week complained to the US Congress about the sanctions it had imposed, and pleaded with other countries to ignore United Nations penalties.Some observers believe that despite what North Korea says, the sanctions are key to forcing North Korea to the negotiating table. With a new president in South Korea, debates will continue about how Seoul can convince China to use its leverage on Pyongyang to get it to freeze its nuclear weapons program.

The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat, has called on China to do more to rein in its ally and neighbor.

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Moon's spokesman, Yoon Young, said last week that the special delegation to Beijing would "exclusively discuss the THAAD and the North's nuclear issues".

China's Foreign Ministry, in a later statement on its website, said Wang "fully explained" China's position on THAAD and asked South Korea to handle China's reasonable concerns appropriately.

However, Xi's comments helped push up the shares of several South Korean companies that rely on the spending of Chinese tourists, whose visits have fallen sharply amid the THAAD dispute. China sees THAAD as a threat to the regional security balance. As for Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to AFP, that the most recent ballistic missile test was unsafe, but he also warned against attempts to "intimidate" North Korea.

It calls for closer cooperation to deal with the North Korean nuclear menace but also warns that an overwhelming majority of South Koreans are emotionally unable to accept a deal to compensate victims of wartime sex slavery clinched by the Park Geun-hye administration.

President Moon Jae-in (L) shakes hands with his special envoy to China, Lee Hae-chan, at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on May 16, 2017, after handing over his personal letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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