Park Geun-hye's China visit brings hope

By Ji Mingkui
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye is scheduled to visit China from June 27 to 30, another milestone in China-South Korea bilateral ties.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 27, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

Park said her visit would convey South Korea's hopes for China, with the aim to cement the foundation for the nations' bilateral ties in the next five to 20 years. These ties will in turn effectively substantiate the China-South Korea Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

Hopes for stronger ties

South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said the relationship between South Korea and China has been growing exponentially. When meeting with Chinese reporters on June 17, Yun said he "didn't expect South Korea and China to develop such a good relationship," noting their 21 years of diplomatic relations had greatly improved the bilateral ties.

"South Korea and China are already able to establish a series of strategic communication mechanisms. The past 20 years saw a first honeymoon decade of diplomatic ties and a second one of consolidation. The next twenty years shall see such development [improve] in great leaps," said Yun, adding South Korea wished to tighten relations with China on a basis of mutual trust.

Park has reportedly cancelled all activities planned during the three days prior to her visit to China to fully concentrate on preparing her Chinese speech. She is also bringing a larger delegation to China than the one she brought with her to the U.S. in early May.

The South Korean government, or Cheongwadae (the Blue House), regards Park's China visit as "a trip of enthusiasm and confidence," meaning it will "involve earnest communication and promote mutual trust." Park has expressed her hopes for the visit to strengthen the bond of trust with Chinese leaders and deepen the South Korea-China strategic cooperative partnership.

As a confident woman, Park pledged in her election campaign that "I don't have parents, nor [do I have] a husband and children, and the country is the only one I wish to serve." It is the same confidence with which Park hopes to enhance the bilateral mutual trust, and the same sincerity with which she welcomes the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

Park's visit to China marks her second overseas tour in her present office, which has broken the South Korea's traditional sequence of visiting the U.S. -- Japan -- China in a new presidential schedule. This mirrors China's rise amid Japan's decline in South Korean diplomacy.

Constructive China-South Korea cooperation

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has noted how both countries have rapidly been developing ties in various aspects ever since the two governments established their diplomatic relationship. The new leaders of the two countries have been interacting (as) well, creating the perfect opportunity to ink a series of strategic communication mechanisms.

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