China Repeats Call for THAAD Cancellation

Write : 2017-05-19 13:04:23 Update : 2017-05-19 14:18:31

China Repeats Call for THAAD Cancellation

China’s government officials and state-run news outlets are repeatedly voicing the opinion that South Korea’s cancellation of the deployment of the U.S. antimissile system THAAD is a starting point to restore the soured relations between the two countries.
While expressing expectations for improvements in Seoul-Beijing relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi publicly demanded in a meeting with South Korean special presidential envoy Lee Hae-chan on Thursday that the new South Korean government respect Beijing’s concerns and take appropriate measures. Wang added that South Korea’s THAAD deployment is an obstacle in the development of relations between the two countries.  
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reaffirmed in a regular news briefing on Thursday that there is no change in Beijing’s opposition to the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.
The Global Times, a sister paper of the Communist Party’s official newspaper the People's Daily, stressed that China’s opposition to the THAAD deployment remains unchanged despite the dispatch of an envoy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The state-run English newspaper China Daily carried a detailed report about Wang Yi’s remarks that the THAAD issue is a major stumbling block in South Korea-China relations.
Xinhua News Agency reported that the Chinese foreign minister urged Seoul to remove obstacles to the development of bilateral ties in a meeting with the visiting South Korean special envoy.
Lu Chao, an expert on Korean studies at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that the new South Korean administration shouldn't expect bilateral ties, especially economic cooperation, to return to pre-THAAD status, if it cannot sweep away the anti-missile system.
Zheng Jiyong, director of the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University, told the Global Times that addressing the difficulties facing South Korean businesses in China is at the top of the special envoy’s agenda during his visit. But he stressed that South Korea should not expect its relations with China to enjoy momentum if it doesn't come up with a specific plan to resolve the THAAD issue. 

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