May 16, 2022 09:50 PM (GMT+8) · EqualOcean
State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi held a video meeting with the new foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, Park Jin. Wang Yi said that distant relatives are not as good as close neighbors. China and South Korea are permanent neighbors and inseparable partners. China has always viewed South Korea and China ROK relations from a strategic and overall perspective. Over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral relations have experienced storms and achieved leapfrog development, benefiting the two peoples and promoting regional stability and prosperity. Successive governments and parties of South Korea have made efforts to this end, and the experience is worth cherishing and carrying forward. First, adhere to mutual respect. China and South Korea have always respected each other's development path, core interests and cultural traditions and customs. As neighbors separated by a strip of water, mutual respect is the way for neighbors to get along. Second, adhere to win-win cooperation. Over the past 30 years, the trade volume between China and South Korea has increased more than 50 times, and the mutual investment has exceeded US $100 billion. The two sides have achieved common development and prosperity through equal and mutually beneficial practical cooperation. Third, adhere to the maintenance of peace. With the efforts of all parties, the Korean Peninsula has remained peaceful on the whole, providing a necessary environment for the development of the two countries and the region. Fourth, adhere to openness and inclusiveness. 30 years ago, the two countries broke away from the shackles of the cold war and opened a new chapter of cooperation. Today, maintaining regional openness and inclusiveness, preventing the risk of the new cold war and opposing camp confrontation are related to the fundamental interests of China and South Korea. As the Korean saying goes, "gentleman's road". President Yin Xiyue hopes that the two sides will open up a new era of ROK China relations based on the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. China welcomes this. Standing at a new starting point, we should grasp the right direction and create a new 30 years of greater development of China ROK relations.
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