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Moon's China trip tests his leadership amid North Korean crisis

Business community hopes for withdrawal of Chinese sanctions sparked by THAAD

Chinese and South Korean flags flutter on a lamppost in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum as South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits Beijing on Dec. 13.

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in's four-day visit to China this week will test his leadership as he tries to persuade his counterpart Xi Jinping to cooperate in dealing with North Korea and to withdraw sanctions against South Korean companies.

On Wednesday after Moon's arrival, about 600 business leaders from South Korea and China held a forum in Beijing, agreeing to cooperate in a wide range of sectors from service and energy to infrastructure as they faced a fourth industrial revolution spurred by the digital economy.

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