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Newsline: Top Chinese, South Korean diplomats eye closer ties

The top South Korean and Chinese diplomats pledged to forge closer relations and maintain stable industrial supply chains. Foreign Ministers Park Jin and Wang Yi, in separate statements from their meeting in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, called for the development of relations based on three decades of successful commercial ties. Park’s ministry said the countries agreed to increase high-level communication over supply chain issues. It said the countries agreed to pursue “two-plus-two” talks by vice ministerial-level officials of foreign affairs and defense within this year. (https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/top-chinese-south-korean-diplomats-pledge-closer-ties-88145815) Park and Wang gave no indication they discussed tensions over last week’s visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to self-ruled Taiwan, which the mainland’s ruling Communist Party claims is Chinese territory. Beijing reacted to her visit by conducting military drills to intimidate the island and called off dialogue with Washington on climate change and other issues.

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