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World Senior Chinese diplomat set for first visit to South Korea in five years amid missile defense row

05:35  03 december  2019
05:35  03 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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A high-ranking Chinese diplomat is visiting Seoul this week for the first time in five years as the two countries seek to improve ties amid a spat over a U.S. anti- missile system in South Korea . The Chinese government’s top diplomat , State Councillor Wang Yi, is set to arrive on Wednesday for a

A high-ranking Chinese diplomat is visiting Seoul this week for the first time in five years as the two countries seek to improve ties amid a spat over a U.S. anti- missile system in South Korea . The Chinese government’s top diplomat , State Councillor Wang Yi, is set to arrive on Wednesday for a

By Hyonhee Shin

Wang Yi et al. looking at a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe© Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

SEOUL (Reuters) - A high-ranking Chinese diplomat is visiting Seoul this week for the first time in five years as the two countries seek to improve ties amid a spat over a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

The Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, is set to arrive on Wednesday for a two-day stay, during which he will meet his counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, and President Moon Jae-in, Seoul officials said.

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The Chinese government's top diplomat , State Councillor Wang Yi, will visit North Korea next week, the foreign ministry said on Friday, at a time of international concern about a series of missile launches and tests by Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a "super-large.

A South Korean lawmaker said last week that U.S. officials demanded up to $ 5 billion a year , more than five times what Seoul agreed to pay this year under a Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will visit from Thursday for the Security Consultative Meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong

South Korea sees China as instrumental in reviving stalled denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea, a longtime ally of Beijing.

Wang's visit will be his first since a dispute erupted over the installation of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea, though he and Kang have talked on other occasions.

The United States and South Korea, meanwhile, have been locked in an increasingly public disagreement over how much Seoul should pay for hosting some 28,500 U.S. troops.

South Korea's foreign ministry said Wang's visit would be a chance to bolster relations "for new development," with bilateral and regional issues on the agenda.

Both sides are expected to primarily discuss Moon's planned attendance at a trilateral summit in China with Japan, and a possible visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to South Korea next year.

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Ballistic missile defense in Northeast Asia has taken on special importance for the U.S.- South Korea alliance in recent years amid steady advances in North Korea ’s ballistic missile programs. Ankit Panda is a senior editor at The Diplomat and director of research for Diplomat Risk Intelligence.

Chinese tourism to South Korea came to a near standstill. Altogether, the sanctions over THAAD The long-term implications of the China - South Korea understanding on missile defense remains to be seen. Ankit Panda is a senior editor at The Diplomat and director of research for Diplomat Risk

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The United States suggested setting up the THAAD system to address North Korea's missile threats, and a total of six interceptor batteries were installed at the southeastern air base of Seongju by 2017.

Beijing angrily denounced the move, saying the system's powerful radar could penetrate into Chinese territory and was part of a U.S. drive to establish a global missile shield.

The row resulted in a sharp slump in South Korea's tourism, cosmetics and entertainment industries, which had prospered thanks to Chinese demand. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner.

After Moon took office in 2017, the two sides sought to mend ties through an agreement under which South Korea recognized China's concerns and promised not to deploy additional interceptors.

But the economic relationship has not fully recovered, industry officials said.

"China ties have rather been somewhat neglected after the THAAD rift had died down somewhat, but there are still several points of friction, including THAAD and China's air defense zone intrusions," said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.

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China will receive its first batch of S-400 Triumph long-range anti-aircraft missile systems within the next 12 to 18 months, TASS reports. As J. Michael Cole pointed out in a piece for The Diplomat , the much discussed 40N6 missile is said to have an operational range of 400 km (248. 5 miles) but it is

While it first considered missile defense capabilities during the late 1990s, progress really only began in the last few years of the Roh Moo-hyun administration What ties all these efforts together is the so-called “Kill Chain.” Seoul’s most ambitious program to date, the Kill Chain is a comprehensive set of

REDUCING MISCOMMUNICATION

Chinese military aircraft frequently violate South Korea's air defense zone, creating another source of contention.

On Friday, South Korea's military said it scrambled jets after a Chinese warplane repeatedly entered the Korea air defense identification zone over three and a half hours.

In July, South Korean warplanes fired flares and warning shots near a Russian warplane that violated South Korean airspace during the first long-range joint regional air patrol by Chinese and Russian aircraft.

South Korea is seeking to open additional military hotlines with China to improve communications. The two countries' defense ministers discussed the issue on the sidelines of an international conference in Bangkok last month, Seoul's defense ministry said.

"Wang's visit may not be enough to resolve all the disputes, but could be a starting point, as long as China doesn't demand drastic action especially over THAAD," Shin said.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Josh Smith and Gerry Doyle)

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