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S. Korean foreign minister to visit China next week for talks on regional, global issues

Diplomacy 10:40 August 05, 2022

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin will visit China next week for talks with his counterpart Wang Yi, Park's ministry announced Friday.

Park plans to leave for the eastern port city of Qingdao on Monday in his first trip to China as Seoul's top diplomat. He is reportedly scheduled to hold talks with Wang on Tuesday.

The two sides plan to discuss "issues of mutual concern including South Korea-China relations as well as regional and global affairs," the ministry said.

Seoul and Beijing are to commemorate the 30th anniversary on Aug. 24 of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.

Park's China visit comes amid keen attention to the geopolitical policy direction of the conservative Yoon Suk-yeol administration. Yoon's government has stated a commitment to a stronger alliance with the United States and Yoon attended a NATO summit held in Madrid in late June.

But he did not meet with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her visit to Seoul earlier this week, instead holding a 40-minute phone call.

Presidential aides cited Yoon's ongoing summer vacation -- scheduled well ahead of Pelosi's decision to travel here following a diplomatically controversial visit to Taiwan. Many observers, however, said Yoon seems to be trying not to antagonize Beijing.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, before an ASEAN-hosted meeting in Cambodia on Aug. 4, 2022. (Yonhap)


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