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S. Korea, China resume defense policy talks

2018/05/07 14:38

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SEOUL, May 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and China on Monday held their first working-level defense talks in over two years in Seoul to discuss inter-Korean ties, regional security issues and future bilateral cooperation.

Yeo Suk-joo, the policy chief at South Korea's Ministry of National Defense, met with his Chinese counterpart Hu Changming, chief of the Office for International Military Cooperation at the Central Military Commission.

It was the first working-level defense policy talks since January 2016 as the meetings were suspended amid a diplomatic feud over the deployment of the U.S. missile system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.

"We explained about the results of the inter-Korean summit on April 27 and security situations on the Korean Peninsula," Seoul's defense ministry said in a release. "Both sides also discussed defense cooperation and exchange plans."

   The ministry, however, didn't mention whether the countries talked about Chinese military planes violating South Korea's air defense identification zone (KADIZ) on Jan. 29, Feb. 27 and April 28.

"Following the event repatriating the remains of Chinese soldiers killed during the Korean War on March 28, this meeting will boost ties between the two countries and will provide opportunity to pursue defense cooperation and exchanges in various areas," the ministry said.

This file photo taken on Jan. 15, 2016, shows representatives of South Korea and China having working-level defense policy talks in Seoul. (Yonhap) This file photo taken on Jan. 15, 2016, shows representatives of South Korea and China having working-level defense policy talks in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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