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China's Xi to visit South Korea, suggesting impatience with North
China's Xi to visit South Korea, suggesting impatience with North

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to Korea on Thursday, and in a break with tradition, he will visit South Korea instead of China’s old ally in the North. Chinese presidents have visited Pyongyang before Seoul since South Korea and China established diplomatic relations in 1992, and Xi’s decision could be a sign of growing impatience with North Korea’s nuclear and missile antics. Indeed, no high-level meetings have taken place between China and North Korea with their current leaders in power. But while China and North Korea drift apart, Beijing’s relationship with Seoul is blossoming, and Xi could be making a gesture to demonstrate the growing...

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