Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution.
Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that U. plans to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.
Having reopened after months of extensive renovations, the luxury hotel is now one of the few in Seoul that actually houses a high-end Korean restaurant, La Yeon.
Headed by Lee Boo-jin, fashionable daughter of Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee (with a net worth of more than $10 billion, making him the richest man in South Korea, according to Forbes), The Shilla features ornate traditional Korean roof lines and a sweeping driveway, not to mention convenient parking, unusual in Korean hotels.
Pence's Asia tour came amid increasing tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula.