Blinken Supports Our Efforts Toward “Mature” Ties With China, Says South Korea

Published By: Sanstuti Nath

Last Updated: June 17, 2023, 21:46 IST

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (File Photo: AP)

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (File Photo: AP)

U.S. officials say they do not expect Blinken’s trip to China, the first by a secretary of state in five years, to yield a breakthrough in how Washington and Beijing deal with each other

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he supports South Korea’s efforts to develop a “healthy and mature” cooperative relationship with China, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Blinken, who arrives in Beijing on Sunday for the highest-level visit by an official of President Joe Biden’s administration, discussed bilateral relations, relations between China and South Korea, and North Korea in a call with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.

Blinken and Park strongly condemned what they consider North Korea’s repeated provocations, the ministry said, and agreed the U.S., South Korea and Japan should continue to urge China to play a constructive role in the U.N. Security Council on denuclearisation. The statement did not elaborate.

U.S. officials say they do not expect Blinken’s trip to China, the first by a secretary of state in five years, to yield a breakthrough in how Washington and Beijing deal with each other. Blinken said on Friday the trip was aimed at establishing “open and empowered” communications.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Reuters)

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