South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-Young will visit China this week to discuss stalled six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program.
Mr. Chung, who is also chairman of South Korea's National Security Council, will arrive in Beijing on Tuesday. During four days in China, President Roh Moo-Hyun's special envoy is expected to meet parliamentary chief Wu Bangguo, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and other top Chinese officials, with the focus largely on North Korea.
China has hosted three rounds of six-nation talks, bringing together representatives of the two Koreas, the United States, Japan and Russia in an effort to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
North Korea boycotted a fourth round of talks scheduled for last September, refusing to take part due to what Pyongyang called Washington's co-called "hostile policy" toward the communist state.
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