Secretary of State John Kerry will visit China later this month for
talks on issues including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
(DPRK), the State Department said Friday.
Kerry will travel to Beijing, China, on Jan. 27 "for meetings with
senior leaders of the Chinese government to discuss a range of global,
regional, and bilateral issues, including North Korea," State Department
spokesman John Kirby said in a press release.
Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken is also scheduled to visit China
next week for discussions also expected to focus on DPRK.
The DPRK announced last week that it had successfully carried out its
first hydrogen bomb test.
While disputing its claim about the test, Washington vowed to punish
Pyongyang for its flagrant violations of UN Security Council
resolutions. The U.S. has been holding consultations in the past week
with South Korea, Japan and other countries on how to respond to the
DPRK nuclear test.
Before his trip to China, Kerry will travel to Zurich, Switzerland, on
Jan. 20 to discuss the situation of Syria and Ukraine with his Russian
counterpart before heading to Davos for the World Economic Form, the
State Department said.
After Switzerland, he will visit Saudi Arabia on Jan. 23 for talks with
Saudi officials and foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Kerry will also travel on to Southeast Asia for talks on the upcoming
Special U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, California.
He will visit Vientiane, Laos, on Jan. 25, for meetings with Prime
Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
and will go to Phnom Penh on Jan. 26 to meet with Cambodian Prime
Minister Hun Sen and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, according to the