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China, South Korea Presidents Announce Seoul Summit Dates

FILE - South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech.
FILE - South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech.

China and South Korea have announced the dates for President Xi Jinping's visit to Seoul next week.

Both sides Friday announced Xi will arrive in Seoul on July 3 [Thursday] for two days of talks with his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye. The trip has been widely anticipated for several weeks.

North Korea is expected to be a major topic of discussion between the two leaders. It will be the first time in more than two decades that a Chinese leader visits Seoul before Pyongyang.

Beijing is traditionally one of the North's key allies and economic partners. There has been no summit between the two countries, however, since the 2011 death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. Pyongyang has not yet commented on the impending summit in Seoul.

When asked about Xi visiting Seoul before Pyongyang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said his country is "committed to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Korean service.



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by: Moguro Fukuzo from: Yokohama, Japan
June 28, 2014 5:33 PM
Before Japan fought Qing Dynasty China and made Korea an independent nation briefly, Korea had been a vassal sate of China for about 500 years. It seems to me that S. Korea is trying to go back to the “good old days” out of their deep-engraved DNA. Koreans feel most relaxed when the country is ruled by China, like a woman who is unable to separate from a violent husband believing her brutal husband is not the real “he.”

I am Japanese and glad that S. Korea leaves from Japan/US and goes to the place where it belongs, a house where violent husband rules the family like a tyrant. The ugly hysterical woman should go away from Japan. Personally, I hate Korea and its people because they are natural-born liars. I believe they cannot become honest people until the hell freezes over.

Japan annexed Korea because Korea has been geo-politically important for Japan’s security for the past 100 years (if an enemy force situates in Korea, the enemy is able to use the ports of Korea to invade Japan. The US fought Korean War for this reason.). Today, in an era when air-power plays an important role in warfare, Korea is not as important for Japan as it used to be.
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by: yulezhongxin from: Shanghai
July 04, 2014 8:41 AM
Did JP made Korea "an independent nation" for the war 1890s? It seems no Japanese know his history, it always hurt others and eventually Japanese will be hurted by itself.
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by: Philip from: USA
June 28, 2014 6:55 PM
That's great that Korea is not as important to Japan as it was. On the reverse side Japan is just as useless as it ever was for Korea. Only change is that it is less of a threat.

Also please stop your racism, it isn't tolerated well by the west. Last, guess what, Korea is allies with America and China. Japan is the one that has lately been getting on America's bad side because of its nationalistic and racist rhetoric, not South Korea.

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 28, 2014 12:39 PM
Glad to see China and SK getting closer!

by: Frank from: O.C. USA
June 28, 2014 7:49 AM
S. Korean government is now leaving from USA and Japan and approaching to its potential enemy, i.e., communist China. Japan must have been forced to annex Korea in 1910 because Korea too much relied on China (Qing at that time) that was already a paper-tiger country. Nowadays, S. Korea is making a big mistake again. President Park is leading her nationals to a wrong and risky goal.
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by: Philip from: America
June 28, 2014 6:57 PM
No that isn't true. In fact by 1900 Korea was pretty much independent of China. Yes, it is in part because of Japan and if Japan had stopped at that maybe Korea would be more friendly with it. However, Japan decided to annex Korea to take advantage of it's situation and ravage its resources.

by: Steele from: ShenZhen,China
June 28, 2014 5:17 AM
It is a singal that send to Japan: China don't trust
Japan,China would rather trust Korea.

by: Bill Obama from: USA
June 27, 2014 11:32 PM

by: NVAN from: Houston
June 27, 2014 9:27 PM
I bet Kim Jong Un will say "This is an act of war"

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