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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Moon Jae-in of the ROK

On December 14, 2017, President Xi Jinping held talks at the Great Hall of the People with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK), who was in China for a state visit.

Xi Jinping welcomed Moon Jae-in on his state visit to China on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and pointed out that China and the ROK are friendly close neighbors and strategic cooperation partners. The two countries have made remarkable progress in exchanges and cooperation in various fields, bringing tremendous benefits to both sides since the establishment of diplomatic relations 25 years ago. Owing to the reason known to all, there have been some twists and turns in China-ROK relations not long ago, which has provided enlightenment for both sides on how to better create a future for bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect for each other's core interests. China attaches importance to its relations with the ROK, and is ready to work with the ROK to keep the original intention of establishing diplomatic relations in mind, take full account of the well-being of the two peoples, uphold the basic principle of respecting each other's core interests and major concerns as well as the principle of treating each other as neighbors with sincerity, and seize the cooperation principle of mutual benefit and win-win results to promote sound and healthy development of China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership along the right track.

Xi Jinping stressed that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has brought broader prospects for China's cooperation with its neighboring countries, including the ROK. The two sides need to strengthen political communication, consolidate the foundation of mutual trust, well give play to the important leading role of high-level exchanges to bilateral relations, strengthen dialogues at all levels, and make good use of the exchange mechanism between legislative bodies and political parties of the two countries. Both countries should deepen practical cooperation to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. China welcomes the ROK's participation in the “Belt and Road” construction, and hopes to promote the docking of the “Belt and Road” with the ROK's development strategy and actively discuss the cooperative model of mutual benefit and win-win results, in a bid to realize common development. The two countries should boost people-to-people and cultural exchanges, promote emotions between the two peoples, and enhance exchanges in such areas as youths, education, science and technology, media, sports, health and at local level, so as to help China-ROK relations to achieve long-term and sound development.

Moon Jae-in firstly expressed that on the occasion of China holding national memorial ceremony for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, he extended condolences again to the Nanjing Massacre victims, and expressed sympathies to the Chinese people. The ROK and China are important neighboring countries and cooperation partners to each other. He said that it is his fifth visit to China, and he deeply admires the outcomes achieved from China’s sustainable development. Both countries have become important trade partners, enjoying increasingly cemented people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China's “two centenary goals” is closely linked with the development of countries in the region. The ROK expects to make joint efforts with China to cement bilateral political mutual trust and non-governmental friendship, intensify exchanges at all levels, deepen practical cooperation, and strengthen communication and coordination on international and regional affairs, in a bid to promote ROK-China cooperation for new development on the basis of mutual benefit, as well as elevate bilateral strategic cooperative partnership to new heights. The ROK is willing to actively participate in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” cooperation. And the country stands ready to make joint efforts with China and other countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation. Xi Jinping stressed that the two countries must firmly adhere to the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and no war or chaos is allowed on the Peninsula. The Peninsula issue could finally be resolved through dialogue and consultation. China and the ROK have important common interests in maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula. China is ready to continuously enhance communication and coordination with the ROK on maintaining stability and preventing wars, as well as promoting peace and talks. China will also continue supporting the two sides on the Peninsula in improving relations through dialogue and contact, and boost reconciliation cooperation, which will help ease and settle the Peninsula issue. Moon Jae-in stressed that the ROK is firmly committed to resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through peaceful means, and stands ready to work with China to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the region.

Xi Jinping reiterated China’s stance on the issue of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, hoping that the ROK could continue handling the issue in a proper manner.

After the talks, the two heads of state jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in such areas as economy and trade, green and ecological industries, environment, health, agriculture, energy and Winter Olympics.

Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcoming ceremony for Moon Jae-in at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Xi Jinping’s wife, Mme. Peng Liyuan, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress Wan Exiang, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Zhang Qingli and others were present.

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