SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- A top Chinese communist party official will visit South Korea this week as part of a state program to promote ties between the neighboring countries, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Li Hongzhong, communist party secretary of Tianjin and a member of the party's politburo, will arrive here on Wednesday for a four-day stay.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited influential Chinese officials to visit since 2005 in order to strengthen bonds with the nation's leadership.

Li is scheduled to hold a luncheon meeting with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha for discussions on security conditions on the Korean Peninsula and ways to improve South Korea-China and South Korea-Tianjin relations, according to the ministry.

He will also meet with Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, Rep. Lee Ju-young, vice speaker of the National Assembly, and Rep. Lee Hae-chan, head of the ruling Democratic Party.

He plans to attend a ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the friendship between Incheon and Tianjin.

His trip here is expected to help bolster high-level communication with the Communist Party of China and provincial cooperation between the two sides, the ministry said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency