South Korea Foreign Minister to Visit China for Reassurance in US-Sino Disputes

South Korea foreign minister Park Jin is visiting China on Monday as the country seeks to reassure Beijing of their relationship.

Park is scheduled to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on his first visit to China, which is also the first high-level official to pay a visit since President Yoon Suk-yeol took office in May.

Due to being on a vacation, President Yoon did not meet with the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who flew to South Korea after her controversial trip to Taiwan last week. His absence sparked criticism from lawmakers including those in his own party, though he did talk with the U.S. House Speaker on the phone instead.

South Korea has been doing well for keeping its relation with China and the U.S. despite the rivalry between two of the world’s largest economies.

And now foreign minister Park Jin is expected to visit China to reaffirm Seoul’s stance on this matter after a turn of events recently that caused tension to rise between China and the United States after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory.