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Yang Jiechi Holds Consultations with Director of the Office of National Security Suh Hoon of the Republic of Korea (ROK)

2020-08-22

On August 22, 2020, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, held consultations with Suh Hoon, Director of the Office of National Security of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Busan.

Yang Jiechi spoke positively of the development outcomes of China-ROK relations, and expressed that bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Moon Jae-in. The two sides have worked together to fight against the COVID-19, effectively controlled the epidemic in the two countries, and steadily promoted bilateral cooperation in various fields, setting a good example for the international community. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with the ROK side to strengthen high-level exchanges and strategic communication, actively promote the coordination of development strategies, explore and cultivate new growth points of bilateral cooperation, activate economy, trade and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and push the strategic cooperative partnership between China and the ROK to a new level.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the Chinese side advocates the development of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, and win-win cooperation, and is willing to strengthen international cooperation in multilateral occasions with the ROK side to safeguard multilateralism and free trade. The Chinese side will support the ROK side in playing its role as the presidency of cooperation among China, Japan and the ROK and promote regional economic integration. The Chinese side will also support the ROK and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in improving and developing relations and promoting reconciliation and cooperation. China is willing to play a constructive role in advancing the political solution of the Korean Peninsula issue together with all parties concerned.

Suh Hoon pointed out, the ROK side attaches great importance to developing relations with China. The Chinese side has successfully controlled the epidemic and recovered the social life and economy. This is a valuable achievement of the Chinese people under the excellent leadership of President Xi Jinping. The ROK side looks forward to intensifying high-level exchanges with the Chinese side, comprehensively deepening exchanges and cooperation in various areas, jointly building lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, actively promoting all agendas of cooperation among the ROK, China, and Japan, safeguarding multilateralism in international affairs, and making new contributions to international cooperation in fighting against COVID-19.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Asia-Pacific situation. The Chinese side expounded on its principled stance on relations between China and the United States.

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