The Heat: China – Republic of Korea relations

The Heat

The May election of South Korean President Moon Jae-in signaled a fresh start for relations between the Republic of Korea and China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Moon prior to the G-20 summit in Hamburg to discuss ways to improve bilateral ties.

The U.S. missile defense system known at THAAD has been a stumbling block for relations with Beijing viewing the system as a national security threat.

But both leaders found common ground in their desire to find a resolution to the nuclear weapons program created by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

CGTN’s Shane Hahm has the latest from Seoul.

For more on what China and the ROK are doing to contain issues in the region:

  • Tong Zhao, a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
  • Song Zhang, chief correspondent with Shanghai Wen Hui Daily
  • Myung-Koo Kang, a professor of Political Science with Baruch College of City University of New York
  • Jim Walsh, a senior research associate with the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston