‘Beijing, Seoul should work together’

Hello there Chinese kids show greeting cards made to mark the “World Hello Day” which falls on 21 November annually at the experimental primary school in Baokang County, central China’s Hubei province. XINHUA

SEOUL — Visiting Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong said that China and South Korea should strengthen cooperation to safeguard a rule-based multilateral trading system and build an open world economy.

Wang made the remarks during his meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Monday.

Wang, who arrived in Seoul on Monday, met with Lee before delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Seoul Conference on Tuesday.

China and South Korea, as friendly neighbors and strategic cooperative partners, have witnessed remarkable progress in exchanges and cooperation in various fields, Wang said.

Under the new circumstances, the two sides should implement the series of important consensus reached between leaders of the two countries, strengthen political communication, consolidate the foundation of mutual trust and promote healthy and stable development of bilateral relations, he added.

He said the two countries should implement cooperation projects under the Belt and Road Initiative, accelerate the second-phase negotiations of the bilateral free trade agreement, expand the fields of pragmatic cooperation and achieve mutual benefits and win-win results.

Lee, for his part, spoke highly of China’s historic achievements over the past 40 years since the reform and opening up.

He said South Korea is willing to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries in the spirit of mutual trust and respect and promote the development of South Korea-China ties.

The South Korean side thanked China for its contribution to achieving denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and stands ready to work together with China to build a more open and free world economy, he said.

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