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2012/06/26 15:54 KST
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Chinese vice premier to visit S. Korea this week

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan will make a three-day visit to South Korea this week to attend the 2012 international expo underway in the southern coastal city of Yeosu, Seoul officials said Tuesday.

   Wang is scheduled to arrive in South Korea on Wednesday and visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo on Thursday, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae.

   The quadrennial fair opened on May 12 for a 93-day run.

   Meanwhile, Cho said South Korea and the U.S. have been in consultations for a possible trip by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Yeosu Expo.

   Early this month, a diplomatic source told Yonhap News Agency Clinton would visit South Korea next month to participate in the "American Day" celebration on July 4 at the Yeosu Expo.

   Asked about the report, Cho replied, "There have been words between Korea and the U.S. that Secretary of State Clinton wants to participate in the Yeosu Expo."

   South Korea and the U.S. were still in the middle of arranging schedules for the possible trip by Clinton, but Cho stressed that nothing has been finalized yet.

   kdh@yna.co.kr
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