China-ROK ties become closer

Updated: 2014-07-04 07:42

(China Daily)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) at the invitation of ROK President Park Geun-hye from July 3 to 4. Special Report

China-ROK ties become closer

"Awareness of goodwill among the public in both countries has improved greatly. I was surprised to see some South Koreans watching a Chinese TV drama in Seoul. Although Chinese drama is not as popular as South Korean drama, the increasing interest in Chinese culture is an encouraging trend here.”

Zhang Muhui, 29, a Chinese who has worked in Seoul for almost three years


China-ROK ties become closer"South Korean universities are open and friendly to Chinese students. Some of my South Korean friends showed me their handwritten Chinese characters in a touching gesture of friendship. But most have only a limited knowledge about the diversity of China. Chinese students could act as a bridge to promote civil diplomacy.”

Tang Ye, 27, deputy chief of the Chinese Scholars Students Association in Korea and a student at Korea University in Seoul

China-ROK ties become closer"The South Korean television series My Love From the Star is so popular in China that one of my Chinese friends asked me to translate a message that she wanted to send to the leading actor, Kim Soo-hyun. But I don’t think that even this great example of popular culture will necessarily give a huge impetus to better understanding, as people in both countries already know a lot about each other.”

Kim Ah-young, 24, a South Korean who has studied and worked in China for 12 years

China-ROK ties become closer"I’ve been involved in the garment accessory business for about a decade in China. China is a good place to do business, since the labor costs here are lower than in South Korea and Chinese people work hard. I have two kids, and both study in Qingdao. I hope they can continue to live and work in China.”

Yi Jang-bog, 45, a South Korean businessman in Qingdao, Shandong province