China's President Xi Jinping arrives for the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10, 2017.
"With the North Korea situation at an important phase, the role China ought to play is very big", Abe said. Moon also asked the Chinese leader to visit the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next year, and Xi responded, "I will make efforts to visit South Korea". After the summit, the Blue House played up the fact that the two leaders had not disagreed about normalizing cooperation and exchange based on the October 31 deliberations and reported that "Xi described this as a "new starting point and a good beginning.'" This has led some to say that South Korea and China are offering different interpretations of remarks by Xi that were quoted in Chinese state-run media such as Xinhua and the People's Daily".
Kang Kyung-wha is to visit Beijing "as early as next week" to discuss detailed preparations for the third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping scheduled for next month, according to the source. "Just as South Korea stands firm on the comfort women issue and continues to deal with it separately even while seeking to fix relations with Japan, this only means China is using a two-track strategy on THAAD".
Xi urged South Korea to take a "responsible attitude on THAAD that stands the test of history", adding that it would be "new beginnings and a good start".
Lian Degui, a professor with the School of Japanese Studies at Shanghai International Studies University, said Trump's visits to China, Japan and South Korea sent a signal that the United States needed cooperation among the three countries to tackle the North Korean nuclear issue. "We hope the trilateral summit will resume soon", he said.
"US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster welcomed the Sino-ROK detente, but he also hinted at US concern over South Korea's possible decoupling from American-led security structures, saying that he does regard the three no's as "definitive" in terms of official policy", the article said.