Officials from South Korea and China meet for security and diplomatic talks in China on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
The talks are the first held since the execution of former North Korean eminence grise Jang Song-taek, and the focus of the discussions will be on dealing with potential changes in the North.
The meeting offers a chance to find out how China sees Jang's execution and intends to deal with the new status quo in the North.
Seoul and Beijing are also expected to exchange opinions about new air defense identification zones both have announced, which caused some raised eyebrows beyond the region.
The talks were set in motion when President Park Geun-hye met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in June.