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Chinese provincial leader to visit S. Korea to promote bilateral ties

All Headlines 16:52 April 14, 2016

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- A top Chinese official will visit Seoul next week to promote ties between his province and South Korea, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Chen Min'er, the Communist Party secretary of China's southwestern Guizhou Province, will arrive here Tuesday upon the invitation of the ministry to meet with senior South Korean government officials and attend cultural events, the ministry said in a press release.

During his five-day stay, Chen is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, have lunch with Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, hold talks with Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan, and attend events marking the "Day of Guizhou."

The "Day of Guizhou" is part of a bilateral program that links a South Korean city with a Chinese province each year to strengthen cultural and people-to-people ties. This year, Guizhou's counterpart is South Chungcheong Province.

South Korea has been inviting two to three Chinese provincial leaders each year since 2005 to boost ties between the two countries.

Earlier this week, Wang Xiankui, the Communist Party secretary of Heilongjiang province, visited South Korea as part of the same program.

Guizhou has been one of China's top three fastest-growing regions for the past three years.

Chen's visit and the opening of a direct flight route between Guizhou and South Korea's Incheon are expected to help expand exchanges between both sides and assist South Korean firms eyeing the provincial market, the ministry said.

hague@yna.co.kr
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