China willing to boost China-ROK relations: President Hu

21:18, April 30, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday stressed that China is willing to work with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to further relations between the two countries.

"We attach great importance to boosting relations between our two countries," Hu told ROK President Lee Myung-bak, who is here to attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Expo on Friday night.

Hu suggested that the two sides keep high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic communication, and exchange views on significant issues on bilateral and multilateral occasions.

The two countries should strengthen cooperation and step up the development of the China-ROK free trade area, while deepening understanding between their people.

Hu said the two countries should well plan and successfully hold activities in the "Visit China Year 2010" and the upcoming "Visit South Korea Year 2012".

"We should strengthen cooperation between China, Japan and the ROK, within the framework of the 10+3 mechanism and in the process of East Asia integration," said Hu, suggesting the two countries continue their close cooperation in the reform to the United Nations and the Security Council, as well as on issues concerning climate change.

Lee Myung-bak said the ROK side was satisfied with the sound development of bilateral relations since the two countries forged the strategic cooperation partnership in 2008.

The ROK was ready to work with China to deepen trade and economic cooperation and promote the development of the ROK-China free trade area, he said, expressing the hope that both the ROK and China take the opportunity of the G20 Summit slated for the last half of this year in the ROK to enhance communication and coordination between the two countries on global issues concerning the world economy, finance and climate change.



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