China, S.Korea FMs discuss N.Korea issues

China and South Korea have agreed to expand cooperation to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The agreement came in a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen on Saturday. Chung is visiting China on his first trip abroad since assuming the post in February.

At the start of the talks, Chung noted North Korea's ballistic missile launches last month.

He expressed expectations that China will play a constructive role leading to substantive progress in the Korean Peninsula peace process.

South Korea's foreign ministry says the two ministers agreed to expand cooperation to achieve complete denuclearization of the peninsula.

They also agreed to develop a strategic partnership between the two countries and work to realize a visit to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Next year, China and South Korea will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

China appears to be wary of what is seen as a US-led "containment strategy" in the Indo-Pacific region directed at Beijing.

The foreign ministerial meeting is believed to be part of China's efforts to counter the US by strengthening its ties with South Korea, a US ally.