核心提示：1月9日，中国国家主席胡锦涛在人民大会堂为韩国总统李明博的访华举行欢迎仪式。随后双方举行首脑会谈，两国元首就双边关系和共同关心的国际和地区问题深入交换意见，达成重要共识。 January 9th, Chinese President Hu Jintao held a welcoming ceremo...
January 9th, Chinese President Hu Jintao held a welcoming ceremony at the People’s Great Conference Hall for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's visit to China. The two leaders also jointly hosted a meeting to exchange views on the bilateral relations and regional and international issues, shared common concerns and reached important consensus at the end of the meeting.
President Hu said that “Since China and South Korea established diplomatic relations 20 years, the two countries developed strategic partnership and the bilateral relations firmly moved forward. Both countries expanded exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, cultural and other fields and maintained good communication and coordination in international and regional affairs. South Korean government upholds the “One China Policy” and supports China on the Taiwan issue. We greatly appreciate that.”
President Lee said that “This year is a very important year for South Korea and China’s diplomatic relations. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 20 years ago, the bilateral relations have made remarkable progress; the increasingly close cooperation was developed in various fields. Especially since the establishment of strategic partnership, the two countries have deepened the relationship greatly. South Korean highly values the progress of the harmonious bilateral relations.”
Hu Jintao further expressed that this year is the 20th anniversary of China and South Korea establishing diplomatic relations and “The Friendship Year between China and South Korea”. China is willing to work with South Korea together to set up a new starting point, deepen high-level exchanges, enhance mutual political trust, strengthen dialogue between governments, parliaments and political parties, and properly handle relevant sensitive issues to maintain harmonious relations between the two countries. Both countries will discover more potentials for cooperation in international trade, energy saving, environmental protection, high-tech, finance, logistics, e-commerce and other sectors. The goal is to achieve bilateral trade volume over $300 billion by 2015.
Hu Jintao continued that we welcome South Korean enterprises to actively participate in China's economic restructuring and industrial upgrading through direct investments in China, we also hope South Korea will provide more convenience and support for Chinese enterprises to invest in the country. China is ready to work with South Korea for strengthening exchanges in various fields, including culture, education, sports, tourism through frequent exchange visits between the provinces and cities of the two countries as well as the civil level interactions.
President Lee fully agreed with Hu Jintao's views on the further development of bilateral relations. He said that the relation between China has become one of the South Korea's most important foreign relationships. The two countries have reached the target of the bilateral trade volume over $200 billion last year and more than 6.5 million people visited the other country in total. I hope the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with China will provide a new starting point and further promote the strategic partnership of the two countries. South Korea is willing to make joint efforts with China to further develop the bilateral relationships.
Regarding to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Hu said that maintaining the stability in the region will benefit all parties. We are willing to strengthen communication and continue to make unremitting efforts to ensure the peace in the region. China will always support South Korea and North Korea to improve the relations through dialogue and reconciliation and cooperation process.
President Lee expressed that to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, to maintain regional peace and stability are the common goals of South Korea and China. South Korea greatly appreciated China for making efforts and playing an active role in these foreign affairs.
During the visit, the Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Mr. Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao met with President Lee Myung-bak separately. China and South Korea issued a joint press release.