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THAAD Casts Shadow Over Beijing-Seoul Ties, Scholars Say

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with South Korean and Chinese business representatives on Wednesday. He is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Moon is pictured above at a Beijing luncheon on Wednesday. Photo: Visual China
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with South Korean and Chinese business representatives on Wednesday. He is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Moon is pictured above at a Beijing luncheon on Wednesday. Photo: Visual China

China-South Korea ties, which have been tense since Seoul decided to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system, may not fully recover if the two sides cannot solve the dispute “thoroughly,” Chinese scholars warned in a seminar ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s ice-breaking visit to China.

Moon arrived in Beijing on Wednesday a four-day state visit, his first to China since taking office in May. He has been trying to mend relations between the two countries that soured after his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, agreed to a U.S. plan to deploy a missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THADD, in mid-2016.

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