Conservative activists shout during a rally welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to South Korea, near the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Xi's first visit to the Korean Peninsula as China's president is to Seoul, not Pyongyang, meaning that North Korea's best friend has snubbed it for its most bitter rival. A flurry of recent rocket and missile tests, the latest on Wednesday, has made the North's displeasure crystal clear. The writing on the cards reads " Welcome. Visit to South Korea."  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival Thursday in South Korea for a summit simultaneously snubs nuclear-armed North Korea, bolsters an already booming trade relationship with Seoul and sends Washington and Tokyo a message of Beijing’s growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

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