Presidential team to visit China ahead of Park's trip

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- A team of South Korean officials will visit China later this week ahead of President Park Geun-hye's trip to the neighboring nation to check on security, protocol and other arrangements, officials said Tuesday.

Park plans to visit China late this month for her first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, her second overseas trip since taking office in February. Last month, Park visited the United States and held summit talks with President Barack Obama.

Ahead of Park's trip, a team of some 10 officials from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae and the foreign ministry will make a four-day trip to China from Friday to make sure there is no problem with security, protocol and other arrangements, officials said.

The officials plan to visit Beijing, where Park is scheduled to hold a summit with the Chinese president, and another unspecified provincial city that she plans to visit on her way home. The team plans to travel the same route that Park is expected to take during the trip to ensure that everything is OK.

On Tuesday, another team of officials left for Saint Petersburg to make similar preparations for Park's visit to Russia's second-largest city for a summit of the Group of 20 major economies set for September.

Officials said Russia has asked Seoul to dispatch an advance team early.

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