Left Menu
Development News Edition

Senior Chinese diplomat set for first visit to S.Korea in 5 years amid missile defence row

Reuters | Beijing | Updated: 03-12-2019 08:04 IST | Created: 03-12-2019 07:52 IST
Senior Chinese diplomat set for first visit to S.Korea in 5 years amid missile defence row
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Image Credit: ANI

A high-ranking Chinese diplomat is visiting Seoul this week for the first time in five years as the two countries seek to improve ties amid a spat over a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.

The Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, is set to arrive on Wednesday for a two-day stay, during which he will meet his counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, and President Moon Jae-in, Seoul officials said. South Korea sees China as instrumental in reviving stalled denuclearisation talks between the United States and North Korea, a longtime ally of Beijing.

Wang's visit will be his first since a dispute erupted over the installation of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea, though he and Kang have talked on other occasions. The United States and South Korea, meanwhile, have been locked in an increasingly public disagreement over how much Seoul should pay for hosting some 28,500 U.S. troops.

South Korea's foreign ministry said Wang's visit would be a chance to bolster relations "for new development," with bilateral and regional issues on the agenda. Both sides are expected to primarily discuss Moon's planned attendance at a trilateral summit in China with Japan, and a possible visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to South Korea next year.


The United States suggested setting up the THAAD system to address North Korea's missile threats, and a total of six interceptor batteries were installed at the southeastern air base of Seongju by 2017.

Beijing angrily denounced the move, saying the system's powerful radar could penetrate into Chinese territory and was part of a U.S. drive to establish a global missile shield. The row resulted in a sharp slump in South Korea's tourism, cosmetics and entertainment industries, which had prospered thanks to Chinese demand. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner.

After Moon took office in 2017, the two sides sought to mend ties through an agreement under which South Korea recognized China's concerns and promised not to deploy additional interceptors. But the economic relationship has not fully recovered, industry officials said.

"China ties have rather been somewhat neglected after the THAAD rift had died down somewhat, but there are still several points of friction, including THAAD and China's air defense zone intrusions," said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.


Chinese military aircraft frequently violate South Korea's air defense zone, creating another source of contention. On Friday, South Korea's military said it scrambled jets after a Chinese warplane repeatedly entered the Korea air defense identification zone over three and a half hours.

In July, South Korean warplanes fired flares and warning shots near a Russian warplane that violated South Korean airspace during the first long-range joint regional air patrol by Chinese and Russian aircraft. South Korea is seeking to open additional military hotlines with China to improve communications. The two countries' defense ministers discussed the issue on the sidelines of an international conference in Bangkok last month, Seoul's defense ministry said.

"Wang's visit may not be enough to resolve all the disputes, but could be a starting point, as long as China doesn't demand drastic action especially over THAAD," Shin said.



Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...


Latest News

Militant associate linked to LeT held in J-K's Kupwara

Security forces nabbed a militant associate linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba LeT in Jammu and Kashmirs Kupwara district and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession on Saturday, police said. Based on a specific input, a cordon and search ...

U'khand BJP serves notice to MLA for ‘breach’ of party discipline

The Uttarakhand BJP on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to Lohaghat MLA Puran Singh Fartyal for allegedly making anti-party statements and breaching the party disciplineThe party also asked Fartyal to explain within seven days why discip...

Former ICRIER chairperson, Isher Judge Ahluwalia, dies at 74

Eminent economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a recipient of Indias third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan, passed away on Saturday. She was 74.An associate who worked with Ahluwalia said that she passed away on Saturday. Last month, she had...

Poland's ruling nationalists cement new coalition deal

Polands ruling nationalists signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, ending weeks of in-fighting in the three-party alliance over how it will govern over the next three years. The leaders of the Law and Justice PiS party and the smalle...

Give Feedback