South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak said Monday that he
will make efforts to promote the relations between Seoul and
Beijing after taking office in late February.
The South Korean-Chinese relations is one of the most
significant diplomatic relations for South Korea, Lee said when
meeting with Wang Yi, special envoy of the Chinese government, in
Lee said his administration will work to deepen cooperation with
China in all fields and strengthen mutual trust between the two
neighbors to contribute to the regional peace and prosperity.
Wang Yi, also Chinese vice foreign minister, conveyed
congratulation and regards by President Hu Jintao to Lee for his
China attaches importance to the Sino-South Korean relations and
shares common interests in promoting the bilateral ties with South
Korea, Wang said.
The Chinese government is willing to strengthen strategic
communication with South Korea's incoming administration and to
expand mutual-beneficial cooperation with South Korea, he said.
China expects common development and prosperity between China
and South Korea and is willing to cooperate with South Korea on
peace and stability in Northeast Asia and regional integration,
The two sides also exchanged views on the latest situation on
the Korean Peninsula and international issues.
Wang also met with South Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon
and other South Korean officials.
During the meetings with Lee and Song, Wang expressed concerns
to the explosion in Icheon that killed 12 Chinese citizens and
injured another Chinese last Monday. He urged the South Korean side
to do its utmost to deal with the problems arising from the
accident and take measures to avoid similar tragedies.
Wang arrived in Seoul on Sunday and is to return to Beijing on
(Xinhua News Agency January 15, 2008)