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Korea, China Not to Issue Joint Statement After Leaders' Summit

12 December 2017

Asked about his impression of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Moon said he believes Xi is "sincere and trustworthy" and wants to ensure that their friendship lasts a long time.

President Moon has repeatedly called the trip a monumental undertaking to mend the bilateral relationship between Seoul and Beijing.

During the interview, Moon said that the China-ROK relations have developed rapidly since the two countries established diplomatic ties 25 years ago.

According to a Cheong Wa Dae official, although the two sides will fine-tune the statement together, the press releases will be given separately, hinting at discord remaining in Seoul-Beijing relations. He will kick off his four-day state visit Wednesday meeting with Korean residents in China to communicate with and encourage them.

President Moon has attached great importance to relations with China since taking office, Lu said, adding that China and ROK have reached some consensus on handling the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system issue. "In the future, South Korea will pay special attention not to use THAAD in places other than defending North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles, and THAAD will not harm China's security interests", he continued.

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"I can say that we have been assured by the United States on this matter".

President Moon Jae-in on Monday told Chinese TV that Seoul's decision to let the USA deploy a THAAD missile defense battery here was "inevitable" due to the North Korean threat.

South Korea and China will not issue a joint statement following their leaders' summit scheduled to open in Beijing later this week.

Moon will then move on to Chongqing where he will visit the site of the provisional government of Korea during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula and meet with Chen Min'er, secretary of the Communist Party of China for the city.

Korea, China Not to Issue Joint Statement After Leaders' Summit