South Korean Leader to Meet Obama, Walks Fine Diplomatic Line

South Korean army soldiers aim their weapons during an anti-terror drill as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, at Sadang Subway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean army soldiers aim their weapons during an anti-terror drill as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, at Sadang Subway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

WASHINGTON -- South Korea's president is walking a fine line as she looks to strengthen her nation's alliance with the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea, while deepening ties with China, the North's sole ally.

Park Geun-hye (PAHK GOON HEH) will meet Friday at the White House with President Barack Obama after causing consternation in Washington by attending a military parade in Beijing that was shunned by most leaders of major democracies.

That doesn't necessarily reflect strains in a U.S.-South Korean relationship that has remained strong on Park's watch. The allies have hewed to the same tough stance on North Korea.

But Park has invested a lot of diplomatic capital in closer relations with China, as she seeks to pull Beijing away from its traditional close embrace of North Korea.

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