|President Xi Jinping Speaks with ROK President Moon Jae-in on the Phone|
President Xi Jinping spoke with ROK President Moon Jae-in on the phone on 20 February.
President Xi thanked President Moon for calling at such a special moment to express sympathy and support for the Chinese people's fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and to exchange views on deepening bilateral ties. This reflects the friendship and solidarity between China and the ROK as close neighbors.
Xi underscored the Chinese government's commitment to fighting the epidemic. It has rallied the whole nation in responding to the outbreak with the most comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures. Such efforts have led to a positive turn in the situation. The epidemic will not undermine the solid foundation for China's steady development in the long run. We will work to minimize its impact and meet our set economic and social development targets.
China's robust epidemic response is meant not only as a protection for the life and health of the Chinese people but also as a contribution to global public health. We deeply appreciate the expression of sympathies and massive assistance and support coming from the government and various communities of the ROK since the outbreak of COVID-19. China will continue to keep up communication and cooperation with the ROK and other countries in an open and transparent manner so as to jointly combat the epidemic and promote the health and well-being of people around the world.
Xi noted that as important neighbors and cooperation partners, China and the ROK are enjoying a sound momentum in bilateral relations. President Moon and I reached extensive common understanding during our meeting in Beijing at the end of 2019. The two sides need to take the China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership to a higher level. The impact of the epidemic on the bilateral economic ties and personnel exchanges is only temporary. I am confident that after the epidemic, the friendship between the two peoples will only be enhanced and bilateral exchanges and cooperation across the board more robust.
On behalf of his government and people, President Moon extended sympathies to the Chinese people over the outbreak. The ROK appreciates China's strenuous efforts to fight the epidemic. There is no doubt that under the strong leadership of President Xi, the Chinese people will work in unison and secure an early victory. The ROK and China are close neighbors. China's suffering is the ROK's suffering. The ROK will stand firmly with China and is ready to assist further. It will also work with China on the current epidemic and pursue closer cooperation in the field of health. Noting that 2020 is a momentous year for ROK-China relations, President Moon expressed readiness to work with China for deepening cooperation in various fields and for new progress in bilateral ties.