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Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong Meets with Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China Kang Sang-wook

2021/08/26

On August 26, 2021, Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong met with Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in China Kang Sang-wook. Both sides exchanged views on China-ROK relations and pragmatic cooperation in each field, etc.

Liu Jinsong said, China and the ROK are close neighbors with "sounds of crowing cocks and barking dogs heard around" and friends from the two countries entertaining themselves with poems. Friendly exchanges between both countries date back to ancient times, leaving many touching stories. Hyecho, a young Buddhist monk from Silla, studied Buddhism in China during the Tang dynasty, and then traveled to other countries through the Maritime and Land Silk Roads. His book "Memoir of the Pilgrimage to the Five Kingdoms of India" has become an important reference for the study of ancient transportation history and Asian history. In recent years, China-ROK relations have made advances on all fronts, with annual trade volume exceeding the mark of 300 billion U.S. dollars, accumulative mutual investments of nearly 100 billion U.S. dollars, and annual flow of the people entering the era of 10 million trips. After the outbreak of COVID-19, China and the ROK realized the importance of cooperation in fighting the pandemic very early. The swift actions were significantly effective. The two countries took the lead in establishing a joint prevention and control mechanism and putting in place a "fast track" for the flow of essential personnel, setting an example of international cooperation in the COVID-19 response. Both sides have taken practical actions to look out for and help each other through the hard times, interpreting the famous line of Silla poet Choe Chi-won that "great distance cannot separate us, we all live in a united world". Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the ROK. Together with the ROK, China is willing to further the cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other fields, organize the "China-ROK Year of Cultural Exchanges", plan and design a blueprint for the development of bilateral relations through the Committee for Future Development of China-ROK Relations, and coordinate closely in multilateral fields to push the strategic partnership between China and the ROK to go deeper and firmer.

Kang Sang-wook said that 2021 and 2022 mark the "ROK-China Year of Cultural Exchanges" designated by the two heads of state and 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the ROK and China, providing the two countries with important opportunities for further development of bilateral relations. Recently, the Committee for Future Development of ROK-China Relations has been officially launched, on which occasion the two foreign ministers delivered video speeches. Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong pointed out, the two sides will build on the existing development and promote bilateral relations towards a more mature and healthy direction. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed, he hopes that the bilateral relations brave the winds and waves for steady and sustained growth in the next 30 years. The ROK is willing to work with China to implement the important consensus of the two leaders, strengthen political and diplomatic communication, and deepen pragmatic cooperation across various fields.

Kang Sang-wook expressed his heartfelt thanks to China for its previous full assistance in the search and rescue of Korean climber Kim Hong-bin.

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