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South Korea bids to close rift with China

With Beijing trip, Moon seeks BRI role and an easing of North Korea tensions

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is today starting a four-day state visit to China that could be a major opportunity to improve strained bilateral relations amid intense concern about North Korea's nuclear program.

Tensions over North Korea will top the agenda. Both sides are hoping to deescalate tensions with North Korea, but they have different ideas for how that might be accomplished. Beijing has proposed that both North Korea's weapons program and joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises are halted. Seoul has so far rejected that "freeze for freeze" deal, along with the U.S.

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