It is feared the thawing tensions between South Korea and China could outrage tyrannical North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un who may launch a deadly nuclear strike at any time.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Xi have also agreed to deepen cooperation between the two countries on North Korea, Abe said on Saturday after meeting Xi. "After confirming that position, President Xi said that it is nevertheless important at the present moment to work on the future-oriented development of the two countries" relations".
South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with other leaders before an APEC photo call on Saturday. "Just as South Korea stands firm on the comfort women issue and continues to deal with it separately even while seeking to fix relations with Japan, this only means China is using a two-track strategy on THAAD". Earlier in the year, Seoul deployed a U.S. missile defence system, which Beijing regards as a threat to its security, but which Seoul feels is necessary in light of the provocation by Pyongyang. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "President Moon said that THAAD is not aimed at China".
"Although Beijing failed to prevent South Korea's deployment of THAAD altogether via unilateral sanctions and political pressure, the new agreement got Seoul to publicly state it would abide by three "no's": 1) no additional THAAD deployments in South Korea; 2) no participation in a US-led strategic missile defense system; and 3) no creation of a ROK-US-Japan trilateral military alliance", the article said.
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Ever since the USA withdrew, Japan - the world's third-largest economy - has been spearheading the effort to revive the deal. But they only clasped hands after someone in the room said: "Shake hands please".
He also added that China sincerely hopes to improve the situation on the Peninsula, that could stimulate South Korea to resume dialogue and peaceful cooperation with the DPRK.
"Better not to be too optimistic".
Also on Saturday, the USA and South Korea launched a joint naval drill in a show of strength against the North's leader Kim Jong-un.