CHINA’S TOP ENVOY TO VISIT SOUTH KOREA AMID STALLED NOKOR TALKS
South Korea said China’s top diplomat plans to visit for talks with new national security adviser Suh Hoon this week, amid the coronavirus pandemic that undercut bilateral exchanges and stalled denuclearization negotiations involving North Korea, Hyonhee Shin wrote for Reuters on August 19, 2020.
Seoul officials said Yang Jiechi, a member of the Communist Party Politburo, will be in the southern port city of Busan on Friday and Saturday. It will be the first visit by a high-level Beijing official since the coronavirus emerged in China late last year.
Suh, who took up the top security job last month after serving as intelligence chief, will meet Yang on Saturday and discuss North Korea, coronavirus cooperation and a potential trip to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping, presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok said on Wednesday.
“Both sides have been working to make it possible for President Xi to visit at an appropriate time when the COVID-19 situation stabilizes and fosters such conditions,” Kang told a briefing.