Will North, South Korean Diplomats Meet on Sideline of OBOR Summit?Posted: May 13, 2017
According to Reuters, Beijing has invited and North Korea has accepted China’s invitation to attend One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit and displeased the US as North Korean is not a country along the Silk Road.
Then, according to Reuters’ report “South Korea to attend China’s Silk Road summit amid diplomatic rift” yesterday, though upset by South Korea’s deployment of THAAD, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave South Korea a last-minute invitation to the OBOR summit. South Korea may be interested in the construction of and investment in OBOR infrastructure projects but will be a competitor to Chinese construction firms that have overcapacity to export. THAAD provides China good excuse not to invite South Korea.
Since the invitation was given after North Korea promised to send a delegation to the summit, there is naturally the speculation that China may arrange a meeting between North and South Korean diplomats on the sideline of the summit.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-silkroad-southkorea-idUSKBN1880Z9