Chinese, ROK presidents hold talks

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left ) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting South Korean President

Park Geun-hye before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27, 2013.  

Photo by Yao Dawei

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting South Korean President

Park Geun-hye before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on  June 27, 2013.  

Photo by Liu Jiansheng


Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye

after their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27, 2013.   Photo by Yao Dawei

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye meet with youth

delegates from both countries after their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

on June 27, 2013.   Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

 

 

Chinese, ROK presidents hold talks

 

By Hou Lijun

President Xi Jinping on Thursday of June 27 held talks with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye.

Park arrived in Beijing Thursday morning, kicking off her first state visit to China since taking office in February.

Xi said he hopes the visit will leave a good impression on Park, adding that China and the ROK have enjoyed long-term exchanges.

Xi said China attaches great importance to its ties with the ROK and their bilateral relationship is an important part of China’s foreign policy.

Xi said he will work with Park to push their bilateral strategic and cooperative partnership in a healthy and energetic direction.

Xi said he believes Park’s visit will further invigorate the development of bilateral relations and promote bilateral strategic cooperation.

Park said bilateral relations have seen remarkable development since the two countries forged diplomatic ties more than 20 years ago.

Park said she will use the visit to advance bilateral ties and push for more positive results regarding the maintenance of peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

It is important to promote bilateral cooperation in economics and security, she said, adding that it is also important to beef up people-to-people exchanges between the two sides.

She said both sides should establish a joint committee dedicated to people-to-people exchanges.

During her four-day visit, Park will also meet with Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang.

Park will also visit Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

 

 

Chinese, ROK presidents

pledge all-round cooperation

 

By Liu Hua

President Xi Jinping held talks with his Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart Park Geun-hye on Thursday of June 27 and pledged to boost reciprocal cooperation between the two countries in an all-around way.

Hailing the progress of bilateral ties in the 21 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Xi said China attaches great importance to its relationship with the ROK, adding that the two countries share common interests in promoting economic development, addressing regional problems and countering global challenges.

The development of bilateral ties not only benefits the people of the two countries, but also helps to safeguard peace and stability in the region and the world at large, Xi said.

Park arrived in Beijing Thursday morning, kicking off her first state visit to China since taking office in February. During her four-day visit, Park will also meet with Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang.

Xi said both sides should respect each other’s social systems and development paths, deepen win-win cooperation, work together to advance the process of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and enhance coordination and cooperation on major regional and global issues.

Xi said China is firmly committed to seeking a nuclear-free peninsula.

“China resolutely safeguards the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region, opposes any party that disrupts peace and stability and adheres to resolving problems through dialogue and negotiations,” Xi said.

Xi said China welcomes Park’s proposal of a “Korean Peninsula trust process” and supports the improvement of relations between the north and south.

There have been some positive changes on the peninsula, Xi said, calling for related parties to make efforts to resume the six-party talks at an early date.

Xi said China would like to step up communication and coordination with the ROK regarding the talks.

Park said the ROK is committed to safeguarding peace and stability in northeast Asia, seeking a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and resolving relevant issues through the six-party talks.

The ROK appreciates China’s role in promoting denuclearization and safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, Park said, pledging to increase strategic communication and cooperation with China and create favorable conditions for the resumption of the six-party talks.

She underscored the ROK’s commitment to improving ties with the DPRK on the basis of trust and laying a foundation for peace and unification on the peninsula.

The two presidents agreed to increase exchanges at multiple levels and in multiple areas, deepen economic and technological cooperation, make joint efforts to reach a free trade agreement, beef up cultural and people-to-people exchanges and enhance coordination in the United Nations and other major international mechanisms.

After the talks, the two sides issued a joint statement and an action plan to enhance the strategic partnership between China and the ROK.

According to the action plan, the two countries have decided to start talks on maritime demarcation at an early date.

“The two sides reconfirmed the vital importance of maritime demarcation in advancing bilateral ties, as well as boosting maritime cooperation,” says the plan.

“(The two sides) have decided to launch maritime demarcation talks as soon as possible so as to advance the process of maritime demarcation,” the plan says.

The two sides agreed to boost communication and cooperation, strengthen joint surveillance and management and enhance joint studies to protect fishery resources in relevant waters.

China and the ROK will also increase exchanges on historical studies, according to the action plan.

 

 

China, ROK agree

to push for completion

of free trade pact

 

By Hou Lijun

China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Thursday of June 27 agreed to push for the completion of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).

The consensus was reached during talks held between President Xi Jinping and ROK President Park Geun-hye.

The two sides reconfirmed that the goal of creating a China-ROK free trade zone is to reach a high-level and comprehensive free trade pact.

The two leaders welcomed the progress that has been made in FTA negotiations and instructed negotiation teams on both sides to strengthen their efforts in order to push the negotiations into their next phase, according to a joint statement issued Thursday.

The two sides agreed to extend their currency swap arrangement and discuss the possible expansion of their swap volume. They also vowed to deepen bilateral financial and monetary cooperation.

In the joint statement, the two sides pledged to enhance economic and trade cooperation, as well as coordination on macroeconomic policies.

They will expand cooperation in the areas of information and communication technology, energy, environment and climate change, according to the statement.

The two sides will also strengthen and expand communication channels in order to share experience in the areas of health, food security and demographic changes, it said.

During their talks, Xi and Park also agreed to enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

They decided to establish a joint committee on people-to-people exchanges and agreed to expand exchanges in education, culture, media, tourism, youth and local regions.

The two sides will beef up bilateral consular cooperation to facilitate personnel exchanges and safeguard the security, legitimate rights and interests of their people, according to the statement.

 

 

 

Substantial progress necessary

for Sino-S.Korea FTA talks: official

 

By Yoo Seungki

Substantial progress will be necessary for negotiations of the free trade deal between Beijing and Seoul, South Korea’s top economic policymaker said on Thursday of June 27 ahead of the summit between leaders of the two countries.

“It is necessary to seek substantial progress that can conclude the first-stage FTA talks, now when one year has passed since the two countries launched the negotiations,” Finance Minister Hyun Oh- seok said at a meeting with other policymakers.

His comments came ahead of the summit talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Beijing later in the day. Park started a four-day visit to China on Thursday.

“If two leaders re-confirm a consensus on the need for progress of FTA talks at the summit, we should use it as a momentum and make intensive negotiation efforts,” said Hyun.

The minister said China became the most important collaborator when South Korea implements overseas economic policy, adding that Beijing is Seoul’s largest trading partner.

Since the two neighbors established diplomatic ties in 1992, their annual trade has grown almost 50 times and reached 256 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, according to Chinese official statistics.

 

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

Park’s visit opens new chapter

in China-South Korea relations

 

By Wang Haiqing

South Korean President Park Geun-hye starts a four-day visit to China on Thursday. The visit, which comes months after both countries saw leadership change, is expected to open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Since the two neighbors established diplomatic ties in 1992, they have seen sustained progress in their overall relationship, particularly in economic interactions.

China has been South Korea’s largest trading partner for years. The large and populous country is also a major destination of South Korean investment and a primary source of foreign tourists.

Annual trade between China and South Korea have increased almost 50 times and reached 256 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, according to Chinese official statistics. Trade is expected to grow further as the two countries are working on a free trade area agreement.

Park’s planned trip to China’s western city of Xi’an, to be escorted by business executives, is also most likely to add fresh momentum to China-South Korea economic ties given the city’s status as a Chinese inland hub and the increasing presence of South Korean companies there.

Though economic issues and cultural exchanges would be high on Park’s agenda during her China trip, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is the topic that would capture most global attention.

The tense atmosphere surrounding the Korean Peninsula eased slightly last week after senior diplomats from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said the country was ready to join in any form of talks, including the long-stalled six-party talks.

For Park, who promised on her campaign trail and in her inauguration speech to build trust with Pyongyang, now faces an opportunity to do so.

The six-party talks is by far the most effective mechanism for the pursuit of lasting peace on the peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific at large.

Since the talks came to an impasse in 2009, hard-earned trust among concerned parties has been evaporating following unfortunate incidents one after another.

As a key stakeholder, China has repeatedly called for an early resumption of the six-party talks so as to realize lasting peace on the peninsula.

It is highly anticipated that Beijing and Seoul could make headway in this regard during Park’s visit and breathe new life into stalled talks on the peninsula.

 

 

 

China, ROK pledge to discuss

maritime demarcation

 

By Liu Hua

China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have decided to start talks on maritime demarcation at an early date, according to an action plan issued on Thursday of June 27.

“The two sides reconfirmed the vital importance of maritime demarcation in advancing bilateral ties, as well as boosting maritime cooperation,” says an agreement signed after President Xi Jinping held talks with his ROK counterpart Park Geun-hye Thursday afternoon.

Park arrived in Beijing on Thursday for her first state visit to China since taking office in February.

“(The two sides) have decided to launch maritime demarcation talks as soon as possible, so as to advance the process of maritime demarcation,” the plan says.

The two sides agreed to boost communication and cooperation, strengthen joint surveillance and management and enhance joint studies to protect fishery resources in relevant waters.

China and the ROK will also increase exchanges on historical studies, according to the action plan.

 

 

NEW POST  updated on June 29

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd from right, front row) meets with South Korean President

Park Geun-hye (1st from left, front row) in Beijing on June 28, 2013.   Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

 

Chinese leaders

meet ROK president,

calling for stronger ties

 

By Xiong Zhengyan

 

Chinese leaders on Friday pledged to push China’s strategic relations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to a new high as they met with visiting ROK President President Park Geun-hye.

Premier Li Keqiang said China and the ROK are good neighbors and important partners, citing increasing political trust and more common ground in development strategies and goals.

Li called on the two countries to take a longer view and a more aggressive attitude, deepen cooperation in trade and the economy, investment, finance and new energy, and speed up the construction of the Free Trade Area (FTA).

Li briefed Park on China’s economy, saying China’s economic restructuring and upgrading will offer more room for China-ROK cooperation.

Li called on the two countries to make use of their advantages in technology, markets and human resources and to deepen economic cooperation, which will help boost East Asia cooperation.

In regards to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Li said China’s stance on seeking a nuclear-free peninsula is consistent, clear and firm.

China would like to make joint efforts with the international community, restart the six-party talks at an early date, resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiations, safeguard the peace and stability of the peninsula and promote development and prosperity in Northeast Asia, Li said.

Park said her visit to China, which started on Thursday, has produced fruitful results, including a consensus with Chinese leaders on developing bilateral relations.

Stressing that both countries are faced with the tasks of developing their economies and improving people’s livelihoods, Park said the ROK would like to deepen pragmatic cooperation with China in all fields, expand investment in China’s central and western regions and sign the FTA agreement at an early date, as well as boost bilateral and regional economic cooperation.

Park recognized China’s role in resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula, saying the ROK would like to maintain close communication and consultation with China in this regard.

In a separate meeting with Park, top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang said China and the ROK are geographically close, the two peoples share deep bonds and bilateral cooperation has developed robustly since the two countries forged diplomatic relations in 1992.

Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, reviewed the frequent exchanges between the top legislative bodies of the two countries, saying that cooperation in this regard has promoted China-ROK relations.

The NPC would like to deepen friendly relations with the National Assembly of the ROK, explore new ways to expand legislative cooperation and carry out the new consensuses of leaders, and bring the bilateral partnership of strategic cooperation to a new high, Zhang said.

Park said the consensus reached at the summit will usher in a new chapter of China-ROK cooperation.

She proposed that the legislative bodies of the two countries increase exchanges, expand cooperation and boost bilateral relations.

Park arrived in Beijing on Thursday for her first state visit to China since taking office in February. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Park reached a series of agreements during their talks on Thursday of June 27.

 

 

 

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