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Chinese Vice President Wang may attend Yoon's inauguration

Politics 16:15 May 03, 2022

SEOUL, May 3 (Yonhap) -- China is considering sending Vice President Wang Qishan to attend the inauguration ceremony of incoming President Yoon Suk-yeol on May 10, political sources said Tuesday.

If Wang, considered one of the closest aides to Chinese President Xi Jinping, attends the ceremony, he will be the highest official to lead a Chinese delegation to a South Korean presidential inauguration.

The organizing committee is expected to announce details of foreign delegates Thursday.

This undated file photo shows Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. (Yonhap)

Beijing has so far dispatched vice premier-level officials to South Korean presidential inaugurations.

In 2013, Liu Yandong, then state councilor for education, culture and science affairs, attended the ceremony for then President Park Geun-hye.

In 2008, Tang Jiaxuan, then state councilor for foreign affairs, led the Chinese delegation to the inauguration of then President Lee Myung-bak.

The United States is expected to send officials other than those in charge of diplomacy and security, as diplomatic and security officials will accompany President Joe Biden in his trip to Seoul from May 20-22 for a summit with Yoon.

Japan is reportedly considering sending Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.
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