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    China's Xi to Visit South Korea for June Summit

    FILE - China's President Xi Jinping walks during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
    FILE - China's President Xi Jinping walks during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
    Kim Hwan Yong
    A diplomatic source in Seoul said Friday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Seoul in June for a summit meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

    The source, who asked not to be named, told VOA's Korean Service that China did not object to a South Korean proposal that President Xi visit Seoul early in June, however, the exact timing of the visit is not yet known.

    The source said the South Korean government held a meeting of government officials and civilian experts last month to discuss preparations for the upcoming summit. Another such meeting is scheduled for next week.

    The source added that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Seoul this month to discuss the agenda and other issues of concern to the two countries prior to President Xi’s visit, his first to South Korea since becoming president.

    North Korea, including Pyongyang’s recent threat of another nuclear test, are expected to be high on the agenda.

    A South Korean government official told VOA that China could use the summit meeting as an opportunity to deliver a clear message to North Korea about its provocative actions.

    The last Chinese president to visit South Korea was Hu Jintao, who attended a nuclear security summit in 2012.

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

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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 11, 2014 5:59 PM
    Great news. China and Korea are brothers. We should work together to peace and prosperity.

    by: Sun from: Taipei
    May 09, 2014 7:10 PM
    South Korea has been just like a bat in Aesop's Fables since its founding of the nation. Now, it is giving its heart to China, leaving USA. It will surely be exploited by greedy China.

    by: Anonymous
    May 09, 2014 2:36 PM
    Putin have right 2 anything.

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