BEIJING (Yonhap) ― President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague next week, China‘s foreign ministry said Thursday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the announcement during a regular press briefing. The nuclear summit, first held in Washington in 2010 and then in Seoul two years later, will take place in The Hague on Monday and Tuesday with the aim of preventing nuclear terrorism.
“President Xi Jinping will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands. He will meet with American President Barack Obama and also President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Sauli Niinisto of Finland and Prime Minister David Cameron,” Hong told reporters, without elaborating.
It will be the third bilateral summit between Park and Xi. Park paid a state visit to Beijing last June to hold their first summit.
On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bali last October, Park and Xi held a bilateral meeting.
Next week’s global summit will bring together a number of global leaders, including Park, Obama, Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
South Korean officials have said it is highly likely that Park could hold a three-way summit with Obama and Abe in The Hague.
If the three-way summit is held, it would be the first meeting between Park and Abe since they took office. They have not met amid strained ties over Japan‘s unrepentant attitude over its wartime aggression.
Asked about a possible meeting between Park and Abe during the nuclear summit, Hong replied, “We have noted relevant reports.”