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Hu Jintao Meets with ROK President Lee Myung-bak
2010/11/12

On November 11, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with ROK President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. The two heads of state exchanged views on bilateral ties and how to successfully hold the G20 Seoul summit and reached important consensus.

Lee first extended warm welcome for President Hu's visit on behalf of his people and congratulated China on the success of the Shanghai World Expo. He also wished the Guangzhou Asian Games a complete success. Lee thanked for China's great support of the G20 summit in Seoul, saying he believed China would play an important leading role in promoting international economic cooperation within the G20 framework.

Hu thanked for ROK's support of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and wished the 2012 Yeosu World Expo a great success. Hu said the G20 Seoul summit is of great significance, as it is the first to be held in an Asian country and also in an emerging market economy. China is ready to work with the ROK to push for positive outcome of the summit.

Hu stressed that China and the ROK are important neighbors and partners and that China is willing to work with the ROK to advance the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership in a comprehensive, in-depth and steady manner. In the next period, both sides should make earnest efforts in building up political trust, deepening pragmatic cooperation and consolidating the foundation of friendship.

The healthy and stable development of China's economy is very important to the development of Asia and also to the recovery of the world's economy, Lee said. The South Korean president also voiced hopes for the two countries to strengthen their exchange activities in political, economic and other sectors and expand contacts among various social sectors with an aim to increase mutual trust and further develop their bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

On the situation of the Korean Peninsula, Hu said China has always supported the improvement of relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. "China is willing to play a constructive role in this regard," he said. Lee expressed his appreciation for China's efforts in maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Wang Qishan, Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.

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