Xi Jinping Meets with South Korean President and Calls for Development of Bilateral RelationsUnofficialChina December 24, 2019 0 COMMENTS
President Xi Jinping met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea in Beijing on Monday and called for concerted efforts to elevate bilateral relations to a higher level.
Xi Jinping said that as the world is undergoing profound changes rarely seen in a century, China and South Korea should deepen and develop strategic cooperative partnerships and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns.
Over the past two years, the relationship between the two countries has been hailed as “the main direction for maintaining stability and development.” The two countries have been close friends and partners of cooperation.
He said that China and South Korea, as important and influential countries in Asia and the world, have extensive consensus on developing bilateral relations, promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity, and maintaining multilateralism and a free trade system.
Xi Jinping emphasized that the two countries should further tap the potential and improve the level and level of pragmatic cooperation in order to achieve high-quality and comprehensive development.
He called for promoting the construction of the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) in line with South Korea ’s development strategy, accelerating the second-stage negotiations on bilateral free trade agreements, and deepening innovative research and development cooperation to better leverage their respective advantages. And share the results of cooperation.
In terms of interpersonal communication, Xi Jinping urged the two sides to make full use of the platform of the Joint Committee on Sino-Korean Civilian Exchanges to carry out exchanges in education, sports, media, and exchanges. Youth and local levels have further enhanced mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Xi Jinping said that China and South Korea should strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation, jointly combat cross-border crime, and maintain peace and stability in the two countries.
Protectionism, unilateralism and bullying are disrupting global governance and threatening world peace and stability. “China, as a responsible big country, has always kept its development in line with global trends, and is willing to work with all countries to build a common future community of mankind by maintaining equality and mutual benefit, sharing opportunities, and shouldering responsibility.”
“I hope that China and South Korea will continue to strengthen coordination within a multilateral framework including the United Nations, the Group of Twenty and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and safeguard international justice and justice, as well as the legitimate interests of both countries.
Moon Jae-in congratulated Xi Jinping on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Moon Jae-in said that due to the important progress made in China-ROK relations, this year has important historical significance for China and South Korea. He hopes to further expand cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture, sports and environmental protection, and further realize the Belt and Road Initiative with South Korea. The “New South Policy” and the “New North Policy” jointly advocate and accelerate cooperation in jointly developing the third market.
He also pledged to strengthen communication with China and continue to hand over the remains of Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
“The affairs of Hong Kong and Xinjiang-related issues are China’s internal affairs” Moon Jae-in said.
Moon Jae-in said that China and South Korea have a long history of exchanges and a long cultural heritage, forming a common future community, which convinced the two countries that the two countries will usher in a new era of bilateral relations.
He said that the South Korean side understands China’s position on major issues, supports free trade, and is willing to continue to strengthen communication and coordination in regional and international affairs.
The two heads of state also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Xi Jinping said that China and South Korea have the same positions and interests on the Korean Peninsula issue, which not only maintains the peace and stability of the Peninsula, but also advocates that the issue should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation.
He said that China supports South Korea to continue to improve relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and to inject momentum into the peace talks on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon expressed appreciation for China’s important role in resolving the Korean Peninsula issue, and said that the opportunity to resolve the issue peacefully is not easy, and South Korea is willing to work with China to promote the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon Jae-in is in China for the 8th China-Japan-ROK Leader Summit scheduled in Chengdu today, a city in southwestern China.