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N. Korea in focus as China's Xi visits South

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:26 AM
 

SEOUL (AFP) - China’s president arrives in Seoul on Thursday for a state visit focused on nuclear developments in North Korea, which has spent the past week playing hawk and dove with threats, missile tests and peace offers.

It will be Xi Jinping’s first trip as head of state to the perennially volatile Korean peninsula, and his second summit with South Korean President Park Geun Hye who visited China last year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still waiting for an invite to Beijing – a perceived snub that speaks to the strained relationship between Pyongyang and its historic and most important ally.

In what some saw as a display of pique at Mr Xi’s visit, North Korea conducted a series of rocket and missile launches into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) over the past week, triggering protests from Seoul and Tokyo.

This file photo taken on June 27, 2013 shows South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (left) shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) after a joint declaration ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China’s president arrives in Seoul on Thursday for a state visit focused on nuclear developments in North Korea, which has spent the past week playing hawk and dove with threats, missile tests and peace offers. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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