U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Japan, South Korea and Mongolia next week, the State Department said, making no mention of any stop in China that had been anticipated in foreign policy circles and reported in some media.

The State Department said on Thursday that Sherman would discuss a broad range of issues with officials in Japan, including combating the climate crisis and enhancing global health security.

It said Sherman and Japanese and South Korean counterparts would hold a joint meeting to discuss cooperation on North Korea and other issues, including climate change and the ongoing global pandemic.