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Chinese President Hu Jintao Meets with His ROK Counterpart Lee Myung-bak (09/23/09)

On September 23, 2009, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his ROK counterpart Lee Myung-bak in New York. Both sides exchanged in-depth views and reached broad consensus on bilateral ties and other issues of common interests.

Hu said currently China-ROK relations have maintained a sound momentum of development. Thanks to their joint efforts, the two countries have seen steady progress of exchanges and cooperation in various fields in recent years. All consensuses reached between both sides have been implemented smoothly, with some already bringing about remarkable results, Hu said. Hu noted that the two countries have maintained sound communication and coordination in regional and international affairs, adding that China is satisfied with the smooth development of bilateral ties. China attaches great importance to developing ties with the Republic of Korea. Amid the profound changes in the international and regional situation, China is ready to join hands with the ROK to strengthen strategic communication, expand mutually beneficial cooperation and continuously enrich the China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership, so as to bring concrete benefits to both peoples and contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of launching of a trilateral cooperative scheme among China, the ROK and Japan, Hu said. Over the past decade, the three countries have established a future-oriented, all-dimensional cooperative partnership that has led to the promotion of development and stability in their countries and the region at large. During the meeting, Hu announced that leaders from China, the ROK and Japan will hold their second meeting in Beijing on Oct. 10, 2009. China is ready to work with the ROK and Japan to push for the success of the October tripartite summit and bring trilateral cooperation to a higher level, Hu said.

As situation in Northeast Asia shows signs of thawing, Hu called on all concerned parties to seize the opportunity to further improve the regional situation and bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back on the correct track of dialogues and negotiations. China is willing to work with the ROK to play a constructive role in realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability in the peninsula and Northeast Asia, the Chinese president said.

During the meeting, Hu also introduced China's economic situation and called for strengthened cooperation between the two countries to boost the common development of their economies under the current international economic situation.

Lee congratulated China on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said he fully agreed with President Hu's comments on bilateral ties. Hailing the continuous development of ROK-China strategic partnership, he expressed his willingness to work closely with the Chinese side to enhance exchanges and bring the relations between the two countries to a higher level. Lee said the stabilization and rally of the Chinese economy play a significant role in promoting trade and economic cooperation between China and the ROK, as well as in world economic recovery. Hu's speech at the UN climate change summit showed clearly China's active position on climate change and won applause from countries around the world, Lee said. The ROK is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with China on regional and global issues, he said.

Lee also spoke highly of and thanked for China's important role in the six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and pledged his country's efforts to keep contact and cooperation with China in this regard. Lee said, along with the rising status and role of Asia, the Republic of Korea, China and Japan should have even closer cooperation.

Wang Qishan, Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.



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