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.