Xi calls on Seoul to resume North Korea talks

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President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam on Saturday. A statement released by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 12 said that Xi had reconfirmed China's position on deploying THAAD in South Korea during his meeting with Moon the previous day.

Abe said Xi had told him the meeting marked a "new start of Japan-China relations". "Watching your emphasis on achieving xiaokang society, where all the people enjoy comfort and prosperity, I was able to feel the spirit of a leader who deeply thinks about the people", Moon said.

On October 31, the two countries agreed to normalise relations, and Seoul said last week it was not considering any additional deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

The man came to South Korea three days ago and planned to enter the communist state for political purposes, said the Yonhap report, which gave no further details and couldn't be independently confirmed.

South Korea attaches importance to China's concern on the THAAD issue, and has no intention to harm China's interests of strategic security, he said.

The Chinese leader also encouraged South Korea to resume dialogue with North Korea and re-engage with them for reconciliation and de-nuclearisation.

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.

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday (Nov 13) while defecting to South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom, the South's military said. The four-day exercise in the western Pacific involves three US aircraft carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - and seven South Korean warships including three destroyers.

Trump held talks with Xi on Thursday, which led to the signing of business deals worth more than US$253 billion.

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