South Korea's top envoy in China expressed hope that the upcoming summit of the Group of 20 countries in Hangzhou early next month will provide a boost to Seoul-Beijing relations, his embassy said Tuesday, according to Yonhap's news.
South Korean Ambassador to China Kim Jang-soo made the remark in a recent interview with CCTV, China's state-run broadcaster, according to the embassy.
Heads of states from 20 systemically important industrialized and developing economies, including South Korean President Park Geun-hye, will gather in the capital city of the Zhejiang Province starting Sunday for a two-day run.
The summit meeting is expected to provide a chance for Park and her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to explore ways out of the lingering diplomatic feud over Seoul's planned deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on its soil.
China has been objecting to its deployment on the Korean Peninsula on worries that the missile system with its powerful radars can hurt its strategic security interest. Seoul and Washington have countered that THAAD only aims to cope with growing missile threats from North Korea.
During the interview, Kim was also quoted as saying that he is sure the G-20 meeting will put forth an innovative blueprint for future growth engines and produce more substantive achievements than ever before, including measures aimed at stimulating global trade. He hoped that China will play a leading role as a chair in the process.