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On multi-lateral cooperation, Li suggested both keep close communication and coordination in preventing trade protectionism, reforming international financial system and strengthening global and regional cooperation on financial affairs.

Li expressed appreciation for ROK's adherence to one-China policy.


 Li Changchun (L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Han Seung-soo in Seoul, ROK, April 6, 2009. [Liu Jiansheng/Xinhua] 

Lee said he has visited China three times after he assumed the presidency. "The moves fully demonstrate my firm belief for developing ROK-China relations and the strong aspiration of the our people to develop China-ROK friendship for generations to come," he said.

He said that ROK considered China's development as its own opportunity and welcomed China's active and important role in regional and international affairs.

ROK supports China's measures to combat the financial crisis and is willing to earnestly implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, Lee said.

ROK agreed to coordinate with China on macro-economic policy, he said.

Also on Monday, Li met with ROK Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, in which they exchanged views on enhancing economic cooperation. Both agreed to actively advance regional cooperation for rejuvenating Asia. The two sides reached consensus that the foundation of the bilateral friendship depends on the peoples of the two countries and the future on the young generation.

Currently, there are more than 1 million South Korean learning Chinese, he said.

"We are willing to work with China for pushing forward cooperation in East Asia," he added.

Earlier on Monday, Li visited the Ewha Womans University, the largest women university in the world.

Li spoke highly of the efforts made by the university to train a contingent of female talents, who play active part in political, economic and cultural fields in South Korea. He urged both sides to further boost cultural and educational exchanges.

Li attended the Chinese curricular of Ewha. He encouraged the young students to work hard as the envoys for boosting bilateral exchanges.

In the afternoon, Li visited the Seoul Chinese Cultural Center, the first government-sponsored Chinese cultural facility in Asia.

ROK is the last leg of Li's four-nation tour which has already taken him to Australia, Myanmar and Japan.

(Xinhua News Agency April 7, 2009)
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