Xi calls for China-ROK relations to return to normal track

Xinhua | 2017-05-19 14:15

Xi calls for China-ROK relations to return to normal track

The Republic of Korea's special envoy Lee Hae-chan (left) presents a handwritten letter from ROK President Moon Jae-in to President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping said Friday that China was ready to work with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to return bilateral ties to the normal track.

Xi made the remarks during a meeting with Lee Hae-chan, who is visiting China from Thursday to Saturday as ROK President Moon Jae-in's special envoy.

Xi said China attached great importance to relations with the ROK, and would like to work with the country to ensure the continuation of all the hard-won bilateral achievements.

He called on both sides to consolidate the mutual political trust and properly handle divergence on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual respect.

Xi said that as close neighbors, China and the ROK had seen huge development progress since they established diplomatic relations 25 years ago.

The development of bilateral ties has resulted in enormous benefits for the peoples of both countries, and made important contributions to peace and stability in the region, he said.

Xi stressed that China adheres to realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, ensuring regional peace and stability, and is committed to resolving any issues through dialogue and coordination, which is in the fundamental interests of both countries and the region.

He said China is willing to enhance communication with the new government of the ROK on these issues, firmly promote denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and restart related dialogue at an early date.

Lee said the ROK understood China's major concerns and was ready to strengthen coordination with China to remove any obstacles to the development of bilateral ties.

The ROK and China share similar opinions and positions on the nuclear issues of the Korean Peninsula, Lee said, adding that the ROK is willing to work with China to realize the denuclearization of the peninsula, safeguard peace, stability and security in Northeast Asia.

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