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Wang Yi: Promote Sound and Steady Growth of China-ROK Strategic Cooperative Partnership with a Five-point Commitment

2022-08-09 23:58

On 9 August 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Park Jin of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Qingdao, Shandong Province.

Wang Yi noted that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the ROK. As Confucius observed, "One should be able to establish himself at the age of thirty." China-ROK relations, having braved wind and rain, should be more mature, independent and stable. History and practice have proved that China and the ROK are always neighbors of shared security and partners in need of each other. The two sides have respected each other, supported each other, and contributed to each other's success, bringing not only important benefits to the two countries and two peoples but also stability for peace, development and prosperity in the region.

Wang Yi stressed that for the next 30 years, both sides need to take stock of useful experience and ensure the overall development and stability of  China-ROK relations. The two sides should be committed to independence regardless of external interference; be committed to upholding good neighborliness and friendship while accommodating each other's major concerns; be committed to openness and win-win cooperation, and stable and unimpeded industrial and supply chains; be committed to equality, mutual respect, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs; and be committed to multilateralism and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. This five-point commitment is the greatest common denominator of the will of the two peoples and the inevitable trend of the times. China is ready to work with the ROK to  uphold the strategic cooperative partnership  and promote sound and steady growth of China-ROK relations.

Park Jin said that as the world enters a period of great transformation with growing global turbulence, the ROK is ready to take the 30th anniversary of the ROK-China diplomatic relations as an opportunity to build on the strategic cooperative partnership, treat each other with respect, work as equals for mutual benefit, enhance mutual trust, and carry out open and inclusive cooperation, thus contributing to more mature and sound ROK-China relations.

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