South Korea's foreign minister Park Jin will be making his first official visit to China on Tuesday amid the dramatic rise in tensions between the U.S. and China.
Park will sit down with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to discuss some potentially sensitive issues.
Song Yoo-jin reports.
South Korea's Foreign Minister, Park Jin, is going to meet on Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in the Chinese city of Qingdao.
He's going to be in China for three days on his first official visit to the country since taking office in May.
A lot has changed since the two last met a month ago.
Tensions between China and the United States have escalated dramatically following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
According to Seoul's foreign ministry, they plan to discuss issues of mutual concern as well as regional and global issues.
It's possible that Minister Park could express concern about the situation in the Taiwan Strait, as he did at the East Asia Summit a few days ago.
China has been deploying aircraft and warships to the area, with some even crossing the Median Line, an unofficial buffer separating Taiwan and the mainland.
But it's considered unlikely that Park will bring it up, since both sides will want to avoid talking about matters that could lead to conflict.
They are, however, likely to discuss Seoul joining the U.S.-led semiconductor supply chain framework with Japan and Taiwan known as the Chip Four, or the Fab Four.
The South Korean government has been stressing that it does not intend to ostracize China from the chip value chain, but Beijing has criticized the deal as damaging the free trade order.
Its state-run Global Times has even warned of retaliation.
Another pending bilateral issue is Beijing's fierce opposition to Seoul's potential deal with Washington to deploy an additional unit of the advanced missile defense system THAAD, which Beijing strongly opposes because of the system's powerful radar.
Regarding North Korea, Park has a lot on his shoulders.
He'll likely ask China to play a constructive role in deterring further nuclear tests by the regime.
Last time he asked Beijing to help bring Pyeongyang back to the negotiating table he got no response.
The top diplomats could also discuss expanding the South Korea-China Free Trade Agreement and boosting cultural exchanges.
The Yoon Suk-yeol administration has been seeking ways to improve ties with China based on mutual respect.
Tuesday's talks could set the tone for relations in the years to come.
Song Yoo-jin, Arirang News.