National Security Adviser Meets China's Foreign Policy Chief

  • By Kim Ah-jin

    December 03, 2021 13:13

    National security adviser Suh Hoon (left) and Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy chief, pose for a photo in Tianjin, China on Thursday.

    National security adviser Suh Hoon met Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party's foreign affairs chief, in China on Thursday.

    They met in Tianjin about 140 km from Beijing at China's request amid fears about the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

    The two met in a hotel to discuss President Moon Jae-in's quixotic plan to declare a formal end to the Korean War, perhaps coinciding with the Beijing Winter Olympics in February.

    Before meeting Yang, Suh told reporters, "We're going to discuss bilateral relations in general, as next year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationship." He added the two would have "broad discussions" including the end-of-war declaration.

    While China is keen to drum up publicity for the Olympics, which are threatened by a U.S. boycott, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, "Beijing Winter Olympics is not a stage for political manipulation."

    Seoul has also been pestering Washington over the issue but has been politely rebuffed.

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