© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Chinese language Vice President Wang Qishan delivers a speech on the 2019 New Financial system Discussion board in Beijing, China November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
By Soo-hyang Choi and Joori Roh
SEOUL (Reuters) -China’s Vice President Wang Qishan plans to attend the inauguration of South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol subsequent week, Yoon’s crew introduced on Friday, as Beijing tries to increase its affect within the area.
Wang’s deliberate attendance comes as Yoon has vowed to strengthen South Korea’s alliance with america within the face of rising nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, and as Washington pushes to maintain Beijing’s rising affect in verify.
The US is sending second gentleman Douglas Emhoff as the pinnacle of its delegation to the ceremony, slated for Tuesday in Seoul, in response to the president-elect’s crew.
Senior overseas affairs and safety officers weren’t included within the U.S. delegation; President Joe Biden plans to go to Seoul the next week for talks with Yoon.
From Japan, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will attend the inauguration, and Tokyo can be anticipated to ship a minister-level official, the presidential transition crew mentioned, including that the method has not been finalised.
Yoon takes workplace amid myriad challenges, with North Korea conducting weapons assessments forward of his inauguration.
On Wednesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the ocean off its east coast in its 14th recognized check this yr, after chief Kim Jong Un vowed to develop the nation’s nuclear forces “on the quickest potential pace.”