China urges better ties with South Korea despite ‘challenges’

SpaceWar.com reports: “Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for better relations with South Korea as he met with his counterpart from Seoul during rare talks in Beijing, state-run Xinhua reported Tuesday.

The visit by Cho Tae-yul to the Chinese capital on Monday and Tuesday is the first visit by a South Korean foreign minister to Beijing in over six years.

Ties between the two countries ‘have been facing difficulties and challenges’, Wang said, according to Xinhua.

He called for the two sides to ‘understand and respect each other, strengthen communication and exchanges, eliminate misunderstandings and enhance mutual trust’, the Xinhua report stated.

He also hoped that Seoul would ‘properly and prudently’ handle Taiwan-related issues and abide by the ‘one-China’ policy.

China has in recent years ramped up military and political pressure on democratic Taiwan, which it claims as its territory…”

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