December 05, 2019 14:20
President Moon Jae-in is expected to sit down face-to-face with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on the sidelines of a tripartite summit between South Korea, China and Japan on Dec. 23-25.
It will be their first one-on-one meeting since the G20 summit in Osaka in June.
The tripartite summit will be held in the Chinese city of Chengdu, with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang acting on Xi's behalf, so Moon will fly to Beijing afterwards to meet Xi. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to do the same.
Moon will once again invite Xi to South Korea, which has so far proved fruitless. Xi visited North Korea in June for the first time since he came to power but has delayed visiting the South because he is still trying to pressure Seoul over the stationing of a Terminal High Altitude-Area Defense battery here three years ago.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Seoul on Wednesday. He said in a meeting with his counterpart Kang Kyung-wha that the biggest recent threat to the stability and peace of the world is hegemonic unilateralism and its challenge to the principles of international relations.
It was a clear swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump, whose erratic administration has torn up the rulebook of international diplomacy and security relations.
In an official address before the meeting with Kang, Wang did not make any mention of China's 2017 boycott of Korean goods and services that continues in some sectors to this day.
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