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Wang Yi Speaks with ROK's Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on the Phone

On February 16, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with new Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Chung Eui-yong.

Wang Yi said, China and the ROK are important neighbors and strategic partners. With the care and guidance of the two top leaders and joint efforts of both sides, the two countries are marching towards common development, regional peace, Asian revitalization and world prosperity.

Wang Yi expressed, this year is the first year of "China-ROK Year of Cultural Exchanges", and next year will be the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and the ROK. The two years are of special significance to the bilateral relations. In the new telephone conversation in the new year, Chinese and ROK presidents jointly launched the Year of Cultural Exchanges, and reached new important consensus on exchange and cooperation in various fields, which set a favorable course for growing bilateral relations of the whole year. Amid the fast-changing international and regional situation, both sides should strengthen communication and cooperation, implement important consensus reached by the two heads of state, and elevate China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership to a new height.

Wang Yi added, China stands ready to consolidate gains in the fight against the virus with the ROK, strengthen bilateral and multilateral anti-pandemic cooperation, continue to improve joint prevention and control and "fast track" arrangement, and curb spread of the pandemic to respective country. Meanwhile, both sides should guarantee urgent and essential travels, and serve economic development, exchange and cooperation of the two countries.

Chung Eui-yong extended lunar New Year greetings to all Chinese people and expressed the ROK highly values developing relationship with China. He said, the future two years are very significant for its relations with China. Both sides should jointly chart the course for high-level exchanges going forward, prepare well for ROK-China Year of Cultural Exchanges and the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties, and enhance exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, and culture. The ROK firmly supports China in hosting the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, and stands ready to work with China to deepen regional cooperation in fight against pandemic.

The two sides also exchanged views on international issues of common concern. Wang Yi said, China supports the open and inclusive regional cooperation mechanism and opposes drawing lines according to ideology.

On the Korean Peninsula situation, Wang Yi said, the development of the Korean Peninsula situation is crucial for respective interests of China and the ROK. China always appreciates the ROK's unique role in Korean Peninsula affairs. Both parties should strengthen communication and coordination, and make efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula, and achieve the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a permanent peace regime on the Peninsula. Chung Eui-yong also introduced the standpoint of the ROK, and expressed that the ROK is willing to continue to play a constructive role in promoting the resumption of peace talks.

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