SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Korea for a two-day summit that snubs North Korea and looks to bolster an already booming trade relationship with the South.
North Korea made its anger clear ahead of Xi’s Thursday arrival with a flurry of recent rocket and missile tests, the latest on Wednesday. Pyongyang is threatening more missile tests.
Chinese presidents have previously chosen Pyongyang over Seoul as their first destination on the Korean Peninsula. Beijing is Pyongyang’s only major ally and crucial provider of fuel and food.
Xi’s choice to meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un underlines China’s growing influence on the southern side of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.