S. Korea, China agree to bolster strategic cooperative partnership
Updated: 2021-12-24 11:46:47 KST
Marking 30 years of Seoul-Beijing ties next year, South Korea and China have agreed to bolster strategic cooperative partnership.
That was discussed at a Strategic Dialogue on Thursday, held between the two countries for the first time in more than four years.
The meeting was led by Seoul's vice foreign minister Choi Jong-kun and his Chinese counterpart Le Yucheng.
They assessed bilateral cooperation on high-level exchanges, as well as cooperation on the economy and COVID-19.
South Korea and China have also agreed to bolster cooperation on cultural exchanges, raw materials and issues related to climate change.
They agreed upon the importance of summit-level and higher-level exchanges, possibly meaning a virtual summit between presidents Moon and Xi.
They have agreed to continue strategic communication at those levels both online and offline amid the pandemic.
Amid the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games, the Chinese side shared its efforts to hold a successful Olympics.
The South Korean vice minister stressed the importance of an Olympic relay in Northeast Asia, from the PyeongChang in 2018, Tokyo in 2021 and Beijing in 2022.
He wished for a successful Olympics in terms of disease prevention, safety and peace.
The two sides have also agreed on the importance of the stable management of Korean Peninsula affairs.
Reaffirming the goal of complete denuclearization, they exchanged views on the end-of-war declaration and ways to restart the Korean Peninsula peace process.
Other issues on the table were regional and global affairs, including cooperation on climate and healthas well as the Iran nuclear deal talks.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.