China’s president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a US missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader.
The Thaad missile system, aimed at intercepting attacks from North Korea, was made operational in South Korea last week.
But Beijing says the system will spy on its territory and has strongly criticised its deployment.
Relations between Beijing and Seoul have deteriorated over the issue.
Liberal Moon Jae-in was elected South Korean president on Tuesday. He is facing a delicate task balancing ties with the US, Seoul’s traditional ally, and China – both of whose help he needs to tackle North Korea and its nuclear ambitions.
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