South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on TuesdayNews

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South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin will pay his first official visit to China tomorrow.
While there, he will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss issues of common interest, such as the semiconductor industry, and potentially North Korea and Taiwan as well.
Reports by Song Yoo-jin.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin is due to meet his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Tuesday.
He will be in China for three days on his first official visit to the country since taking office in May.
A lot has changed since the last meeting of the two men a month ago.
Tensions between China and the United States have escalated significantly following the visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
According to the Seoul Foreign Ministry, they plan to discuss issues of common concern as well as regional and global issues.

It is possible that Minister Park may be concerned about the situation in the Taiwan Strait, as he did at the East Asia Summit a few days ago.
China has deployed warplanes and warships to the region, some even crossing the Median Line, an unofficial buffer zone separating Taiwan and the mainland.
But Park is unlikely to talk about it, as both sides will want to avoid talking about topics that could lead to conflict.

They are, however, likely to discuss Seoul joining the US-led semiconductor supply chain framework with Japan and Taiwan, known as the Chip Four, or Fab Four.
The South Korean government has stressed that it has no intention of excluding China from the chip value chain, but Beijing has criticized the deal as undermining the free trade order.
His state-run Global Times even warned of retaliation.

Another outstanding bilateral issue is Beijing’s fierce opposition to Seoul’s potential deal with Washington to deploy an additional unit of the advanced missile defense system THAAD, which Beijing strongly opposes because of the system’s powerful radar.

Regarding North Korea, Park has a lot on his shoulders.
He will likely ask China to play a constructive role in deterring further nuclear testing by the regime.
The last time he asked Beijing to help bring Pyeongyang back to the negotiating table, he got no response.
Senior diplomats may also discuss expanding the South Korea-China free trade agreement and boosting cultural exchanges.

The Yoon Suk-yeol administration has sought ways to improve relations with China based on mutual respect.
Tuesday’s talks could set the tone for the relationship for years to come.
Song Yoo-jin, Arirang News.

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