Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his two-day visit to Seoul on Thursday.
His visit captured media attention as it was the first trip to South Korea by the top diplomat in five years AND after the two countries' diplomatic row over the THAAD deployment on the Korea peninsula broke out in 2017.
It also came amid heightened U.S.-China tensions.
Pundits believe Wang's visit signals the start of thawing Seoul-Beijing relations, but they also point out that it was a chance for China to send a strong message to the U.S., leaving South Korea sandwiched between the two superpowers.
Let's now bring in Dr. Song Se-ryeon, Professor at Kyung Hee University for further discussions on Wang Yi's visit and the prospects of Seoul-Beijing relations.
1. ANALYSIS ON CHINESE FM WANG YI'S VISIT TO S. KOREA
Relationship between S. Korea and China have gone sour since THAAD
2. PROSPECTS OF CHINESE PRES. XI JINPING VISITING S. KOREA
3. IMPLICATIONS OF XI JINPING'S VISIT TO S. KOREA
4. CHINA'S ROLE AMID RE-ESCALATING TENSIONS BETWEEN N. KOREA, U.S.
5. WANG YI SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO U.S. WHILE IN SEOUL. WHY?
6. ARE THORNY ISSUES BETWEEN S. KOREA, U.S. IMPACTING BEIJING'S DIPLOMACY WITH SEOUL?
7. CHINA ASKS S. KOREA TO PARTICIPATE IN "BELT AND ROAD" INITIATIVE
8. EXPECTED OUTCOME OF S. KOREA-CHINA-JAPAN SUMMIT THIS MONTH