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China urges ROK to cherish bilateral ties

By Xinhua
China urges ROK to cherish bilateral ties
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference in Beijing on Dec 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/POOL/AFP)

BEIJING – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the Republic of Korea (ROK) to respect the hard-won results of the bilateral ties and work with China to overcome disturbance to ensure the healthy development of the ties. Wang made the remarks on Wednesday as he met with a delegation of the Minjoo Party of Korea.

"China and the ROK are close neighbors," said Wang.

What the Chinese side is opposed to is the unilateral push for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense that will harm China's strategic security interests

Wang Yi, Foreign Minister, China

The Chinese and ROK people have benefited greatly from the all-round development of the ties over the 25 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations.

"The two sides should cherish the hard-won results, enhance mutual trust and overcome disturbance to make sure that the bilateral ties will continue developing in a healthy way," said the foreign minister.

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Wang noted that China understands ROK's need to safeguard the nation and people's security.

"What the Chinese side is opposed to is the unilateral push for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that will harm China's strategic security interests," he added.

Wang said he hopes the two sides will find an appropriate solution through communication and consultation so that the exchange and cooperation between the two countries in various fields will not be affected.

Echoing Wang on his remarks on the bilateral ties, the delegation said the Minjoo Party of Korea stands ready to work more actively to help overcome the difficulty and advance the bilateral ties.

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On July 8, 2016, Washington and Seoul jointly announced that the THAAD system will be deployed in the ROK in response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Both China and Russia expressed strong opposition to the system, whose radar would be able to monitor missiles in the two countries, saying its deployment would destabilize the balance of security in the region.

On Sept 5, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed to ROK President Park Geun-hye that Beijing objects to the deployment of an anti-missile system in the ROK, and he warned that careless handling of the issue would "aggravate conflicts".

"Mishandling the issue is not conducive to strategic stability in the region, and could intensify conflicts," Xi told Park as they spoke on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.

China is ready to deepen cooperation with the ROK under multilateral frameworks, and to step up coordination on hot-spot issues, Xi added.

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