The foreign ministers of South Korea and China held talks on Tuesday on a number issues, including Seoul's continued deployment of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD, which China has long objected to because of its powerful radar.
They also talked about South Korea's decision to join the U.S-led "Chip 4" semiconductor alliance, a framework China sees as a move to isolate it.
Lee Ji-yoon reports.
As South Korea walks a thin line between the U.S. and China South Korea's foreign minister Park Jin met with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Qingdao, China on Tuesday.
His trip comes as tensions have been flaring up between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan as well as China's concerns over the expansion of the THAAD U.S. missile defense system stationed here in South Korea.
In a bid to counter growing missile threats from North Korea, the Yoon Suk-yeol government has vowed to purchase and deploy another THAAD battery.
However, China argues the system's powerful radar could be used to spy on its airspace.
During Tuesday's talks, Park and Wang reportedly expressed their positions on THAAD once again.
They agreed the issue should NOT be an obstacle to Seoul-Beijing relations.
Also high on the agenda was North Korea.
Park asked China to help persuade North Korea to come back to dialogue as the regime has been choosing provocations over talks.
As for South Korea's decision to take part in a preliminary meeting of the U.S.-led semiconductor alliance known as the "Chip 4" involving the U.S., South Korea, Japan and Taiwan Park said the decision was made purely in consideration of Seoul's national interest and wasn't intended to exclude or target any particular country.
However, China views the chip alliance as countering its influence in global supply chains.
Meanwhile, tensions have been flaring up between the U.S. and China as Beijing was outraged over U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week and has halted several agricultural imports from Taiwan.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.