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S. Korean president meets with Chinese FM on ties

(Xinhua)

10:40, March 03, 2012

SEOUL, March 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to boost bilateral ties.

Lee hailed the significant development of bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties 20 years ago, saying that he believes the two countries will see greater improvement in their relationship during the next 20 years.

Lee said Seoul attaches great importance to its relations with China, hoping the two sides do more to increase high-level exchanges, enhance mutual trust and deepen mutual beneficial cooperation.

Lee also hoped the two countries make more efforts to set up a free trade zone soon and push forward the strategic cooperative partnership.

As for the nuclear security summit to be held in Seoul later this month, Lee said China's positive role is widely valued by all parties, and South Korea is looking forward to Chinese leader's attendance. He said he believed the summit will achieve a success thanks to joint efforts by the international community.

For his part, the Chinese foreign minister, who arrived here for an annual regular consultations with his counterpart, said the two counties had seen all-round and rapid development of bilateral exchanges and cooperation during the past 20 years.

The two sides have kept sound communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, which contribute to safeguarding the common interests, Yang said.

Yang noted that China is willing to strengthen friendship, deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation with South Korea so as to push bilateral ties to a new high, benefit both countries and their people and contribute to peace, stability and development of the region.

Yang said China appreciates elaborate preparations made by Seoul for the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit and is ready to work with South Korea to bring about positive outcomes at the summit.

The two sides also exchanged views on some issues of common concern.

Yang arrived in Seoul on Friday after an official visit to India. He met with his South Korean counterpart earlier in the day.

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