Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul, left, greets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ahead of their bilateral talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, May 13. Yonhap

The top diplomats of South Korea and China agreed Monday to work together for the successful holding of an upcoming trilateral summit also involving Japan widely expected to take place in Seoul later this month.he two sides reached the agreement during talks between Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing, as Seoul seeks to capitalize on the leaders’ gathering to boost three-way cooperation with its Asian neighbors.”The two ministers agreed to continue cooperation for the successful opening of the ninth South Korea-Japan-China summit that is due to soon take place in South Korea,” Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a press release after the ministerial talks.South Korea has yet to announce the exact date for the event, but media reports have said that it will take place from May 26-27.The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to developing the bilateral relationship into a “healthy and more mature” one, the ministry said.Cho arrived in Beijing earlier in the day, on a two-day trip that marked the first such visit to the Chinese capital by a South Korean foreign minister in more than six years.

Monday’s talks came as South Korea seeks to manage its relationship with China that has cooled amid its close alignment with the United States under the administration of President Yoon Suk Yeol.The deterioration in the ties was evident last year when its ambassador to South Korea, Xing Haiming, publicly warned his host country that Seoul would “definitely regret it” if it “bets on China’s defeat” in its rivalry with the U.S.Beijing has also reacted angrily to Yoon’s comments about maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, lashing out at Seoul for “meddling in” its own affair.South Korea has been looking to improve ties with China, its largest trading partner and a key player in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.In Monday’s talks, Wang expressed hope that the relationship with South Korea will develop further “without interference,” apparently cautioning against Seoul keeping in step with the United States in global supply chains and other strategic areas in Washington’s rivalry with China.Wang said that the difficulties facing the bilateral ties are “not in line with the mutual interests of our two countries, and nor are they something that China 카지노사이트킹 desires.”

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