Song Sang-ho, "(News Focus) Cautious optimism budding for S. Korea-China relations following summit," english.yonhapnews.co.kr
Image from article, with caption: President Park Geun-hye shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before their talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 leading economies on Sept. 5, 2016, in China's eastern lakeside city of Hangzhou.Excerpt:
Cautious optimism is emerging for South Korea-China relations following a critical summit between its leaders Monday as the neighbors try to move beyond the strain caused by the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula, analysts said.
On the sidelines of the Group of 20 leading economies in Hangzhou, eastern China, President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held talks as ties have been frayed by the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment issue.
Though the summit reconfirmed their gaps over the THAAD deployment, it created fresh momentum to enhance mutual understanding and reverse the downward spiral in the two-way relations, foreign relations experts said. ...
Professor Kim of Sungshin Women's University said that following Monday's summit, Seoul should continue its efforts to improve Beijing's understanding over the need for THAAD and remove any misconceptions about Seoul's intentions.
He also pointed out that Seoul should step up its public diplomacy toward Chinese people to curb the anti-South Korean sentiment that has been growing in the wake of the announcement to deploy the THAAD battery to the peninsula.