China, Republic of Korea pledge to strengthen bilateral ties

President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in (right) meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Seoul, South Korea, September 15, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday stressed the importance for the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to constantly improve their relations and advance the peace process for the Korean Peninsula despite outside interference.

Wang made the remarks during a meeting with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, while on an official visit to the country.

The Republic of Korea was the final stop in Wang’s six-day visit that ended on Wednesday. The trip to four countries had taken him to Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore.

Wang said peace on the peninsula is hard-won and should be cherished by all parties with special care. Despite the complicated changes in the situation, the aspiration for peace on the peninsula must never be abandoned and efforts to achieve it must never stop, he added.

He said China strongly supports the Republic of Korea and the DPRK to overcome difficulties and get rid of interference in order to improve their relations.

China will continue to play a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in the peninsula and in establishing lasting peace in the region, he said.

Moon said his country appreciates China’s contribution to maintaining peace on the peninsula and expects China to continue to play a constructive role in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

As next year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the Republic of Korea, Wang called on the two sides to reflect on the past development of bilateral relations and jointly plan the future of bilateral cooperation. .

It has been revealed over the past three decades that the two countries should respect each other’s development path and their core interests and concerns, and focus on cooperation for the benefit of their people, he said.

According to Wang, the annual two-way trade between the two countries has exceeded $ 300 billion, and the volume of mutual investment has exceeded $ 1 trillion. Tens of millions of two-way visits are made each year by residents of both countries.

Common interest

During the meeting with his counterpart from the Republic of Korea Chung Euiyong on Wednesday, Wang urged the two countries to continue to develop their common interests, harness the potential of more cooperation and elevate bilateral relations to achieve more development. sustainable in the context of changes not seen for a century, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noting that the two countries are supporters of multilateralism and a free trade system, he called on the two countries to strengthen cooperation on global issues such as climate change in multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations.

Chung said the Republic of Korea supports international cooperation on work to research the origins of COVID-19 by upholding the principles of openness and transparency, and opposes the politicization of studies on the origins of the virus.

The two sides also agreed to establish a regular communication mechanism between the two foreign ministers and to hold a new round of high-level strategic dialogue between the foreign ministries and the security departments of the ministries.

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