September 05, 2023 13:09
President Yoon Suk-yeol faces a flurry of bilateral meetings with global leaders at the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta and the G20 meetings in New Delhi this week.
The ASEAN meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday and the G20 on Saturday and Sunday.
One aim is to drum up support for Busan's bid to host the World Expo 2030, a tall order after a the recent debacle of the World Scout Jamboree.
Bilateral meetings have been arranged with 14 countries, including Malaysia and the Philippines, deputy national security adviser Kim Tae-hyo told reporters Monday. "We are currently coordinating additional bilateral meetings with six other countries."
A spokesman for the presidential office said Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the G20 summit, "but it is customary for the Chinese premier to attend the ASEAN summit, so we hope for some form of dialogue to take place between the two countries."
Yoon wants to urge China to persuade North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile provocations.
In a written interview with the Associated Press just ahead of his trip, Yoon said, China "seems to have considerable leverage" over North Korea. "What really matters is whether Beijing will use its leverage, and if so, how much and in what way."
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