>> South Korea launches a charm offensive in China. President Moon Jae-in this week pulling out all the stops on his first visit to Beijing as North Korea's nuclear weapons program casts a shadow over the region. Moon is bringing a huge entourage of diplomats, businessmen, and some of South Korea's biggest stars, like wildly popular boy band EXO and Song Hye-kyo, an actress with legions of fans across China.
But as Reuters Ben Blanchard says, Moon has his work cut out for him.>> Trade between China and South Korea has been very badly impacted since an argument last year over the THAAD anti-missile system, which South Korea and the United States say is needed to defend against North Korean missiles.
But which China says is a threat to its security because its radar can look deep into Chinese territory.>> Beijing has retaliated with economic punishment. It's boycotted South Korean goods from cars to cosmetics, yanked South Korean dramas off TV, even cancelled concerts by K-pop stars including EXO last year.
Analysts say the quarrel has cost South Korea billions in lost revenues. Moon is now keen to get things back on track with a list of new trade deals on offer. But the new President's visit is about more than just trade talk. The two countries may have their differences, but agree on one point, North Korea should not have nuclear weapons.
>> Well, South Korea would like much more support from China in tackling the North Korean issue. And that, of course, includes getting China to properly and fully enforce the United Nations sanctions against North Korea which, of course, China has said all along that it is actually doing.>> South Korean media say the issue will top the agenda when Moon sits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.