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President Hu Jintao Meets with ROK Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik

On April 14, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met Kim Hwang-sik, prime minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK), in Sanya City of south China's Hainan Province. Kim is here for a visit to China and to attend the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia.

Hu pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic ties 19 years ago, China-ROK relations have achieved all-round, rapid development with exchanges and cooperation as well as integration of interests reaching an unprecedented breadth and depth. Bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all areas have been further promoted especially since the establishment of China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership in 2008.

Hu emphasized he hopes in the next period both sides will continue to expand and enrich the connotations of China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership on the existing basis and push bilateral ties to a new level. First, he hopes the two sides could intensify strategic communication and deepen mutual political trust. Hu urged both sides to communicate with each other in a candid and in-depth manner through high-level exchanges and other dialogue and exchange mechanisms in a bid to build up mutual understanding, accumulate and expand consensus and push the political mutual trust to a new level. Second, Hu suggested China and ROK boost economic and trade cooperation to push for common development. The trade volume between China and the ROK exceeded 200 billion U.S. dollars last year, attaining the trade target two years ahead of schedule. Both sides should further tap cooperation potential, expand mutual investment and promote cooperation in key fields including advanced high and new technology, finance, energy and environmental protection. Expressing confidence that bilateral trade volume would surpass 300 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, Hu said he hopes the two countries could speed up the establishment of a free trade area. Third, Hu called for active humanities exchanges to consolidate the foundation of friendship. He suggested the two nations hold activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-ROK diplomatic ties and the Visit Korea Year, and intensify cooperation in sectors of education, culture and art. He believed these events will help to build up mutual understanding between both peoples and consolidate the social basis for the development of China-ROK relations. Fourth, Hu urged both sides to enhance multilateral coordination and safeguard common interests. Efforts should be made to strengthen coordination and cooperation in regional cooperation, the Group of 20, the reform of the UN and climate change to safeguard common interests of both countries.

Echoing Hu's remarks on bilateral relations, Kim congratulated China on its successful hosting of BRICS Leaders Meeting. He said in recent years, China has made remarkable achievements in economic and social development and made important contributions to world economic growth. The ROK side spoke highly of these achievements. Since the heads of state of the two countries decided to establish ROK-China strategic cooperative partnership in 2008, bilateral ties have made substantial progress, which the ROK side is satisfied with. The ROK is ready to work with China to take a long-term perspective and further develop its strategic partnership of cooperation with China. He urged both sides to take the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year to enhance high-level exchanges and build up mutual understanding and trust. Both sides should enhance quality and level of their economic and trade cooperation, expand cooperation on humanities, science, technology and information and intensify communication and coordination on climate change and other major issues under multilateral mechanisms like the UN and G20.

The two sides also exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula.

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

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