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Chinese President Xi Willing to Handle Disputes With South Korea

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China May 4, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee

China’s President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China May 4, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee

Beijing: China is willing to appropriately handle disputes with South Korea on the basis of mutual understanding and trust, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a congratulatory message to new South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Xi said he had always greatly valued South Korea and relations between the two countries, the official Xinhua news agency said in a report about the message.

The report made no direct mention of North Korea or an anti-missile system the US has deployed in South Korea that China has vigorously opposed, saying it is a threat to Chinese security.