On October 31, Seoul and Beijing agreed to discuss the deployment of the US anti-missile system in South Korea, Reuters reported.
As part of the agreement, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries in Vietnam on November 10-11.
“Both sides shared the view that the strengthening of exchange and cooperation between Korea and China serves their common interests and agreed to expeditiously bring exchange and cooperation in all areas back on a normal development track,” South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
The installation of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea had angered China, with Beijing being worried the THAAD radars can penetrate into Chinese territory. South Korea’s tourism, cosmetics and entertainment industries took a hit due to Chinese backlash, as businesses in these areas rely heavily on Chinese consumers.
This move comes days before US President Donald Trump begins a trip to Asia, where the North Korean nuclear crisis will take center stage.