Seoul-Beijing detente on THAAD is win-win for China: 38 North


South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 11.

Photos from the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, People's Daily, show Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean Moon Jae-in at the APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 11 and 12.

South Korea's foreign minister is expected to visit China soon to fine-tune preparations for the upcoming summit between their leaders, a government source said Monday.

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Abe said Xi had told him the meeting marked a "new start of Japan-China relations".

"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.

A United States citizen was arrested by South Korean police Monday for crossing the Civilian Control Line near the inter-Korean border without a permit in an alleged attempt to enter North Korea, authorities concerned said. According to this explanation, the only reason Xi brought up the THAAD issue again was to put weight on bringing the issue to a close and normalizing South Korea-China relations.

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Officials are seeking to resume an annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea, which was scheduled for July but postponed as Beijing and Tokyo locked horns over maritime sovereignty in the East China Sea, and China and South Korea squabbled over THAAD.

"US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster welcomed the Sino-ROK detente, but he also hinted at US concern over South Korea's possible decoupling from American-led security structures, saying that he does regard the three no's as "definitive" in terms of official policy", the article said. 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.

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.

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And after his fiery speech in Da Nang on Friday, Trump arrived in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Saturday, where he described Xi as a "good man" who "wants to do right".