Chinese, S. Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan, right, attends a talk with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at the foreign ministry in Beijin

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan during a meeting at the foreign min

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan during a meeting at the foreign min

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, walks with South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan during a meeting at the foreign ministry i

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, meets South Korea's special envoy Lee Hae-chan at the foreign ministry in Beijing, Thursday, May

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has met with a special envoy sent by new South Korean President Moon Jae-in as the two countries attempt to repair relations damaged by China's strong objections to the deployment of a high-tech American missile defense system in South Korea intended to guard against North Korean threats.

Wang and former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan were expected Thursday to discuss ways of containing North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities.

China retaliated against Seoul's deployment of the THAAD missile defense system by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the system is being constructed.