September 13, 2021 12:09
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives in Seoul on Tuesday, when the chief nuclear negotiators of the U.S., South Korea and Japan gather in Japan.
Wang's visit appears aimed at preventing South Korea from bending too much to the U.S.' demands to join its various anti-China coalitions.
The U.S. has been holding various three-way meetings with South Korea and Japan since January to bolster alliances to keep China in check.
Each time such three-way meetings took place, China has flexed its muscles at South Korea. In April, while one such meeting was underway, China invited Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong to Fujian Province for talks with his Chinese counterpart. Two days before the G7 Summit in June, Wang telephoned Chung and urged South Korea not to be influenced by the U.S.
"China views South Korea as the weakest link in the anti-China front and continues to rattle it," a diplomatic source said.
Wang is also likely to ask for South Korea's support for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in February and invite President Moon Jae-in to China.
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