South Korea is seeking to have Chinese leader Xi Jinping visit for the first time in about a decade, seeing a trip as turning a page in relations between the two that have shifted as Seoul more closely aligns itself with the U.S.

The office of President Yoon Suk-yeol is working to arrange a visit, a senior government official said over the weekend. The comments came after Xi met South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on the sidelines of the Asian Games on Saturday and said he will "seriously consider” visiting South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported.

Yoon’s national security adviser, Cho Tae-yong, said in an interview with MBN cable TV on Sunday that Xi’s visit would be difficult this year but possible next year.