S. Korea Requests China Step Up Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

S. Korea Requests China Step Up Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

Wang said China values the ROK pledge that it will not participate in the USA -led missile defense system, and will not harm China's security interests with any temporary THAAD deployment.

The top diplomats of South Korea and China held talks on Wednesday during which they sought to mend ties ahead of an upcoming summit between their leaders.

"We both realize that continued conflict is in neither of our interests, so we have come to this outcome", Kang said.

China's side said that it takes the issue very seriously and that its central and local governments are making relevant efforts, the ministry said.

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For more than a year, South Korean firms have suffered under China's economic retaliatory measures against the deployment of an advanced USA missile defense system in South Korea.

But, China has argued that it could threaten Beijing's security and unofficially banned group tours to South Korea while strengthening other regulatory punishment against South Korean firms doing businesses in China.

Song, as Chinese president and party leader Xi Jinping's special envoy, reportedly met with North Korean counterparts but few details have been given about his itinerary or meetings, including whether he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That has set the stage for a visit by Moon, who has struggled to balance South Korea's close political and military ties with the USA with its economic dependency on the Chinese market. "Even if it's true, the airliners just work out their own operation plans based on the state of operation and the market", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a press briefing on Tuesday when asked about this move.

Air China Ltd has indefinitely suspended flights between Beijing and Pyongyang, citing poor demand as North Korea faces growing sanctions from the United States over its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

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