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S. Korea, China bolster strategic partnership at Seoul-Beijing Strategic Dialogue
Updated: 2021-12-24 16:59:39 KST

At the Seoul-Beijing Strategic Dialogue, sources say China explained its position on its relationship with the U.S., during which it mentioned issues related to Taiwan and the AUKUS and Quad groups.
Seoul seeks both a strong alliance with the U.S. and a harmonious relationship with China amid tensions between the world's two superpowers.
At the virtual meeting on Thursday, South Korea's vice foreign minister Choi Jong-kun and his Chinese counterpart Le Yucheng agreed to bolster the Seoul-Beijing strategic cooperative partnership.

The two sides 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 in person amid the pandemic.

Amid the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games, China shared its efforts to hold a successful Olympics.
The South Korean vice foreign minister stressed the importance of an Olympic relay in Northeast Asia, from PyeongChang in 2018 to Tokyo in 2021 and Beijing in 2022.
He wished for a successful Olympics in terms of disease prevention, safety and peace.
Currently, Seoul is apparently not considering a diplomatic boycott.

The two sides also assessed bilateral cooperation on the economy, culture, COVID-19, and raw materials.
Sources say there have been discussions on how to manage supply chain issues in a stable way following the recent urea water shortage in South Korea.

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 the Iran nuclear deal talks.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
Reporter : yoonjm@arirang.com