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South Korean President Park in China for 1st formal talks with Xi that could pressure North

File - South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech as a military soldier stands guard during a 58th Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 6, 2013. .
File - South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech as a military soldier stands guard during a 58th Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 6, 2013. . AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool

BEIJING – South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has arrived in China’s capital to start what would be her first formal discussions with the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The four-day visit brings together North Korea’s archrival and its biggest ally for meetings that will put Pyongyang under greater pressure to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks.

Park, a self-taught Mandarin speaker, has said she is keen to enlist China in the drive for new talks on North Korean denuclearization that also would include the U.S., Russia, and Japan.

Beijing recently has shown signs of frustration with North Korea, its neighbour and longstanding communist ally. China was angered by the North’s long-range rocket launch and nuclear test earlier this year, leading Beijing to back tightened U.N. sanctions and crack down on North Korean banking activity.

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