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Published On: Mon, May 15th, 2017

South Korea to dispatch ex-PM to China as special envoy

nsnbc : South Korea’s newly elected President Moon Jae-in has decided to dispatch a former prime minister under the Roh Moo-hyun government to China.

Lee Hae-chan_Seoul_South KoreaDuring a press conference held on Monday, senior presidential press secretary Yoon Young-chan told reporters that President Moon Jae-in had picked former Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan as special envoy to the People’s Republic of China.

Lee was previously sent to China as a special envoy in February 2003 when late President Roh Moo-hyun, for whom Moon served as chief of staff, was inaugurated.

The office of the presidency in the Blue House, Seoul, issued a press release saying that President Moon selected Lee who can best understand his diplomatic vision and foreign policy. The presidency also noted that Lee has a ripe experience on matters on China and maintains close relations with Chinese figures.

President Moon Jae-in is known for promoting a less aggressive and more reconciliatory approach to intra-Korean relations than the previous administration. he is also known for being a skeptic with regard to the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

State-controlled media in the people’s Republic of China, such as the Xinhua news agency, cited unnamed Chinese diplomatic sources as claiming that Lee Hae-chan was also tasked with discussing the THAAD system as well as intra-Korean relations and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with Beijing, adding that “these issues were intimately related anyway”.

CH/L – nsnbc 15.05.2017

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