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Wang Yi Holds Talks with ROK's Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong

On April 3, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Chung Eui-yong in Xiamen City, Fujian Province.

Wang Yi said that China and the ROK are neighbors forever. The two countries took the lead in establishing an anti-pandemic cooperation mechanism, launching a fast track for personnel exchanges, and cooperating on the resumption of work and production. China-ROK relations have stood the test of COVID-19, and the friendship between the peoples of the two countries has been further strengthened in the joint fight against the pandemic. This year is the China-ROK Year of Cultural Exchanges, and next year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China-ROK relations are facing an important opportunity for further development. China is willing to work with the ROK to advance the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue, jointly safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order based on international law, jointly defend multilateralism, and jointly expand and deepen the integration of interests to promote bilateral relations to new levels.

Wang Yi said that China is willing to maintain close communication with the ROK at all levels, strengthen the strategic dialogue between foreign ministries, launch the committee for future development of China-ROK relations as soon as possible, and work with the ROK to prepare for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The two sides should continue to make good use of joint pandemic prevention and control and the "fast track" mechanism to consolidate and expand the anti-pandemic cooperation results. The Chinese and the ROK's economies are highly integrated and the two countries have become a community of shared interests. China is willing to work with the ROK to accelerate synergizing of development strategies and third-party market cooperation, and to complete the second-phase negotiation on the China-ROK free trade agreement at an early date. The two countries should focus on strengthening cooperation in such fields as 5G, big data, green economy, artificial intelligence, integrated circuits, new energy and health industry, so as to forge a partnership of high-quality cooperation. Both sides should work hard to expand the people-to-people exchanges between the two countries and deepen mutual understanding and friendship. China welcomes the ROK to send a delegation to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics, and is willing to work with the ROK to promote the smooth implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and join hands to address the challenges of climate change.

Wang Yi said that all parties should make active efforts to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula, effectively resolve the legitimate concerns of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, establish a permanent peace mechanism on the peninsula through dialogue and negotiation, and realize complete denuclearization of the peninsula. China is willing to maintain communication and expand consensus with the ROK, and expects the ROK side to play a constructive role in this regard.

Chung Eui-yong said that the ROK and China are neighbors with a shared history and culture, and that China is the ROK's largest trading partner and an important strategic partner. The ROK attaches great importance to developing its relations with China. The ROK congratulates the Communist Party of China on the 100th anniversary of its founding, and hopes to intensify high-level exchanges with China, strengthen cooperation in various fields and take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to promote greater development of bilateral relations. The ROK and China have set a good example for international cooperation on pandemic prevention and control, and the ROK side appreciates China's efforts to promote personnel exchanges between the two sides amid the pandemic, and hopes to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the post-pandemic period. The ROK is committed to improving inter-Korea relations, realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and establishing a permanent peace mechanism on the peninsula. The ROK appreciates and expects China to continue playing an important role in the affairs of the peninsula.

The two sides agreed to hold a new round of high-level strategic dialogue between the diplomatic departments of the two countries and the first round of 2+2 diplomatic and security dialogue at vice-ministerial level in the first half of this year.

The two sides agreed to establish a committee for the future development of bilateral relations at an early date, and start preparations for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

China and the ROK agreed to strengthen coordination on establishing a mechanism for mutual recognition of health codes, advancing vaccine cooperation, and further expanding the scope of beneficiaries of the "fast track". The ROK supports China's "Spring Sprout" program.

The two sides agreed to jointly host the "China-ROK Year of Cultural Exchanges" to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

The two sides also agreed to jointly safeguard multilateralism, promote the early entry into force of the RCEP, promote the cooperation between China, Japan and the ROK, and join hands in tackling climate change. The ROK welcomes China's proposal to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

China supports the ROK in hosting the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games, and the ROK supports China in hosting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views and expanded consensus on international and regional issues of common concern. Both sides hold the view that in the current situation, it is timely and necessary to strengthen strategic communication between China and the ROK.

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