China's President Xi Jinping said on May 19, "We are willing to put relations with South Korea back on track." He said this at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in a meeting with special presidential envoy Lee Hae-chan, lawmaker of the ruling Minjoo Party, adding, "China takes seriously the relations with South Korea as much as the South does with us. We are willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back on to a normal track."
To this, Lee responded, "The South Korean President wanted me to tell you that he is grateful for your kindness to send the congratulatory message and phone call." In today's meeting, Lee delivered a letter from President Moon Jae-in.
In a press briefing with Korean reporters after the meeting with President Xi, the special envoy said, "Mr. Xi has high hopes for the new Korean administration and considers Mr. Moon as a great partner to talk to. He didn't mention anything related to THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] and focused on general principles of good Korea-China relations."
Before meeting President Xi, Mr. Lee had a meeting with State Councilor Yang Jiechi and demanded, "Retaliations in relation to Korea's THAAD deployment must end as soon as possible for better relations between the two countries."