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South Korea's top diplomat visits China as Sino-US tensions spike

Seoul seeks to balance ties with powers while US readies North Korea policy review

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi before a meeting in Beijing in 2018. Chung was national security director at the time.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's new foreign minister is traveling to China for a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, a trip that comes as Seoul seeks to balance relations with both Washington and Beijing and as the U.S. prepares to publish its policy review on North Korea.

Chung Eui-yong will meet Wang Yi in Xiamen on Saturday in the southeastern province of Fujian because China bars foreign visitors from coming to the capital because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair will discuss regional matters including the issue of North Korean denuclearization, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

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