SEOUL - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will this week ask China's leaders to use their influence to lean on North Korea to show restraint amid a delicate transition to a new leadership.
Lee will hold a summit with China's president, Hu Jintao, in Beijing and will "discuss ways to develop the strategic partnership between the two nations and cooperative measures for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", the South Korean president's office said in a statement.
Lee's three-day trip to China, his second in four years, starts on Monday.
The South has said its primary foreign policy goal this year is maintaining stability on the divided peninsula as its unpredictable neighbor embarks on a third generation of dynastic rule following Kim Jong-il's death last month.
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