S.Korea, China foreign ministers discuss N.Korea

South Korea and China have agreed to ramp up their efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong met his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Saturday. Chung is in China on his first trip abroad since assuming his post in February.

Chung said he expects Beijing to play a constructive role in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

China's Foreign Ministry says Beijing and Seoul have agreed to hold vice-ministerial talks on diplomacy and security within the next few months.

The South Korean side says the ministers also agreed to make arrangements for Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit South Korea.

The meeting between the foreign ministers is believed to be part of China's push to counter the US by strengthening its ties with South Korea, an ally of Washington.

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