Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chinese President’s Visit to South Korea Is Seen as Way to Weaken U.S. Alliances

The New York Times
President Xi Jinping of China, seen in Shanghai in May, will arrive in South Korea on Thursday.CreditMark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
SEOUL, South Korea — President Xi Jinping of China arrived in South Korea on Thursday for a state visit to a vital American ally, a move that appears to signal his resolve to unsettle America’s alliances in Northeast Asia and fortify his argument for a new security architecture in the region, with China as the dominant player.

In the past, Chinese leaders have visited their ally North Korea before visiting South Korea, but Mr. Xi seems to be showing the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, the cold shoulder: He has not been to Pyongyang, nor has he invited Mr. Kim to Beijing.

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