Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Seoul Monday for talks with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se.
This is the Chinese diplomat's first visit to South Korea since taking office in March of last year.
North Korea's ongoing threat of a fourth nuclear test is expected to top the agenda in talks, during which the two sides will reaffirm their joint commitment toward Pyongyang's denuclearization and discuss ways to bring the isolated regime back to the negotiating table.
At the same time, the officials may fine-tune details of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul.
Xi is expected to make his first trip to South Korea since becoming president as early as next month.
Another pending issue on the table is Japan's denial of its historical wrongdoings and its push for collective self-defense.
Both nations, major victims of Tokyo's past militarism, have voiced concerns over the Abe administration's pursuit to revise its pacifist constitution without fully recognizing its wartime atrocities.
The Chinese foreign minister will wrap up his two-day stay in Seoul by paying a visit to President Park Geun-hye at the presidential office on Tuesday.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.