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(LEAD) S. Korea, China mark 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties with joint ceremonies

All News 21:15 August 24, 2022

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By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL/BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and China had joint ceremonies Wednesday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.

The events were held simultaneously via video links in their own capital cities, with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin and his counterpart, Wang Yi, in attendance, along with other dignitaries. They read out congratulatory messages of President Yoon Suk-yeol and President Xi Jinping.

Both leaders took note of the importance of the relationship between the neighboring countries and voiced hope for closer cooperation, going forward.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (L) and Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming attend a ceremony in Seoul on Aug. 24, 2022, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)
South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (L) poses for a photo with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, prior to their talks in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Aug. 9, 2022, in this file photo provided by the South Korean foreign ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Yoon, in particular, expressed hope for a face-to-face meeting with Xi. The Chinese president agreed to strengthen "strategic communication" with Yoon, saying the two nations should become "good neighbors, friends and partners."

Seoul's top diplomat also said South Korea-China relations are facing a "new historic turning point" and called for concerted efforts to turn a crisis into an opportunity.

He said the Yoon administration will work with China for progress in his "audacious initiative" to provide bold economic aid to North Korea in exchange for its denuclearization steps.

Park underscored the need to enhance cooperation in the cultural sector and promote people-to-people exchanges.

Prior to the ceremonies, meanwhile, Park and Wang participated in a virtual session, in which the Committee for Future-Oriented Development of Korea-China Relations submitted a set of policy suggestions.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (C), Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming (R) and Lim Chae-jung, chair of the Committee of Future-Oriented Development of Korea-China Relations, attend a meeting to submit a policy report in Seoul on Aug. 24, 2022. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

The panel, launched a year earlier, is composed of former and current government officials as well as related academics and other pundits. It is tasked with drawing up a road map on ways for the development of relations between Seoul and Beijing on the occasion of the 30th anniversary.

It proposed the two sides seek a "fresh model of cooperation" via "multi-layered strategic dialogue" to deepen mutual political trust. It suggested two-plus-two talks involving vice foreign and defense ministers, not just summit-level meetings, and cooperation on supply chains and maritime issues.

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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