HONG KONG (AP) — South Korea’s overseas minister met his Chinese language counterpart within the southern Chinese language metropolis of Xiamen on Saturday, as Seoul seeks to enhance ties with its prime buying and selling accomplice whilst U.S.-China relations stay strained.
Forward of the journey, South Korea’s newly appointed International Minister Chung Eui-yong instructed reporters that he anticipated North Korea to be a key situation in talks with Wang Yi.
The International Ministry in Seoul mentioned the assembly began about midday.
South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper speculated that China’s choice to host Chung in Xiamen, a metropolis near the self-ruled island of Taiwan, was meant to ship a message to Washington in opposition to making an attempt to shore up a U.S.-led “anti-China coalition.”
The Biden administration has stepped up efforts to bolster cooperation with allies South Korea and Japan centered on China’s rising affect and the North Korean nuclear risk.
On Friday, Biden’s nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan hosted his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on the U.S. Naval Academy in Minneapolis for discussions on the international locations’ three-way partnership and Washington’s insurance policies on North Korea.
America and China are at odds over a variety of points from commerce to human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and China’s western Xinjiang area, in addition to over Taiwan, China’s assertiveness within the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic. China has additionally been accused of lax enforcement of U.N. sanctions aimed toward curbing North Korea’s nuclear program.
The worsening relations between Washington and Beijing have raised issues in Seoul that it will grow to be squeezed between its foremost safety ally and largest commerce accomplice.
Earlier this week, Wang additionally met his counterparts from 4 Southeast Asian international locations — Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Kim Tong-hyung reported from Seoul, South Korea.