National Security Adviser to Visit China

  • By Kim Myong-song

    December 01, 2021 12:15

    Suh Hoon /Yonhap

    National security adviser Suh Hoon leaves for China on Thursday for a two-day visit at the invitation of Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy chief.

    They last met in Busan in August last year.

    A Cheong Wa Dae official said on Tuesday, "The two countries are continuing strategic communication through a variety of channels, including exchange of high-level visits. Suh's upcoming visit to China is also part of this process."

    Suh's visit to China sparked speculation that Seoul is trying to push President Moon Jae-in's quixotic plan to declare a formal end to the Korean War during his presidency.

    On a visit to Washington in October, Suh also briefed White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on the plan but was politely rebuffed.

    A senior government official here claimed Seoul has also discussed the issue with Beijing, saying, "China has made it clear that it will participate in the end-of-war declaration as a party concerned." 

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