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S. Korea's prime minister to visit Mongolia, China next week

Politics 15:01 March 22, 2019

SEOUL, March 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will visit Mongolia and China next week to attend a regional economic forum and discuss ways to strengthen his country's cooperation with those countries, his office said Friday.

Lee will embark on a three-day trip to Mongolia on Monday and visit China's tropical island of Hainan on Wednesday and Thursday to attend the Boao Forum for Asia.

His official trip to Mongolia comes as the two nations will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties next year.

Lee will meet with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga and his Mongolian counterpart Ukhnaa Khurelsukh to discuss ways to promote bilateral cooperation.

Mongolia is one of the key countries in South Korea's New Northern Policy, President Moon Jae-in's diplomatic policy of improving strategic ties with Russia, Mongolia and other northern countries.

As part of his trip, Lee will attend the Boao Forum as Seoul's top delegate.

The annual forum, dubbed Asia's Davos Forum, was launched in 2002 by China as a venue for political leaders, businesspeople and experts in Asia to exchange views on economic and other issues.

The South Korean prime minister will deliver a keynote speech in which he plans to appeal for global support for the government's peace initiative with North Korea.

On the sidelines of the forum, Lee will hold talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss ways to promote bilateral cooperation.

He will also meet with his Laotian counterpart as Seoul seeks to improve ties with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India under the New Southern Policy.

On his final leg of the trip, Lee will visit China's southwestern city of Chongqing from Thursday to Saturday.

The city housed the Korean provisional government in exile during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea.

In 2019, South Korea marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government on April 11 and the March 1 Independence Movement against the Japanese colonial rule.

The government in exile was first established in Shanghai and finally settled in Chongqing.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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