>> China wants to patch things up with South Korea. President Xi Jinping met with an envoy from Seoul on Friday and took a friendlier tone than the past few months of rocky relations, saying he wants ties with Seoul back on a normal track. The two sides have grown tense over a US anti-missile system deployed outside Seoul, meant to counter North Korea's missile threat.
China angrily opposes it and calls it a threat to security. Now Beijing may see opportunity for change with South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-in. But as Reuters Ben Blanchard explains, things aren't so easy.>> As far as Beijing's concerned, the one thing that will put relations back on track would be for the new South Korean president to say, we are withdrawing THAAD.
We are withdrawing this anti-missile system, this US anti-missile system that China has objected to so strenuously. However, it is not clear at the moment whether or not the new South Korean president will agree to that. Because at the same time, he's balancing relations with Beijing, he also obviously has to ensure that his own country is adequately protected from what they see as this very real threat from nuclear-armed North Korea.
>> Moon Jae-in's also under pressure at home to untangle the tension around the missile defense system. South Korean firms in China have been hit with a Beijing-led boycott over goods over the issue.>> The pressure that the Chinese government has put on South Korean companies and effectively stopping chinese tourists from going to visit South Korea, it's unclear at the moment that that is going to be an issue that will reach a very quick resolution.
>> Moon has sent diplomats around the world this week, calling its preemptive diplomacy to diffuse the Korean crisis. The new leader says he could meet personally with China's Xi as early as July.