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Park, Xi to hold bilateral talks in Hague

President Park Geun-hye will hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit early next week at The Hague, the Blue House announced yesterday.

“The upcoming summit will mark the fourth meeting [between them] since both leaders were inaugurated and the first [meeting between them] this year,” Ju Chul-ki, senior secretary to the president for foreign affairs and national security, said in a briefing yesterday at the Blue House.

“The two leaders will exchange their views on Korea-China relations and the political situation of the Korean Peninsula.”

The last time Park and Xi met was in October during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia.

However, the Blue House did not make an announcement in regard to President Park’s much anticipated trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama. “Please wait a little longer. The decision has yet to be made,” the secretary said.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announced yesterday in Beijing that the Chinese president will have a separate meeting with Obama during the Nuclear Security Summit, in addition to the one with President Park.

BY SEO JI-EUN [spring@joongang.co.kr]


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