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Chinese, South Korean presidents meet on ties, other issues

(Xinhua)

10:41, March 26, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) meets with Lee Myung-bak, president of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Seoul, capital of the ROK, March 26, 2012. The two leaders are meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit slated for Monday and Tuesday in Seoul.(Xinhua/Li Xueren)

SEOUL, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Monday in Seoul to discuss bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.

The two leaders are meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit slated Monday and Tuesday in Seoul.

In his remarks at the start of the meeting, President Hu wished the Summit a great success.

He noted that since the two countries established diplomatic ties 20 years ago, the two sides have conducted smooth communications and exchanges.

Over the past 20 years, the bilateral economic and trade cooperation have been continuously expanded, people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in other areas have increasingly flourished, and the two sides have also kept close communications and coordination on multilateral issues, said Hu.

This is the tenth meeting between the two leaders over the past four years and the second between them this year. In January, the South Korean president visited China and held talks with President Hu on the development of bilateral ties.

Hu also said President Lee's January visit to China was a good start to the Sino-South Korean relations this year.

For his part, Lee expressed his thanks to President Hu for his participation in the Nuclear Security Summit, saying that China had played an important role in making the summit a great success.

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