Chinese President Xi Jinping Will Not Attend Korea-Japan-China Summit, Says President’s Office
Seoul, September 24, 2023
During a press conference held at the Office of the President in Yongsan this afternoon, an official from the Office of the Presidency disclosed that Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be attending the Korea-Japan-China summit scheduled for the end of the year.
The official clarified that even if the summit takes place as planned, the Chinese prime minister will be in attendance, emphasizing that President Xi’s visit to Korea will be a separate event altogether.
Addressing the question of President Xi’s visit to Korea, the official stated, “Both countries are committed to facilitating President Xi’s visit, but no concrete arrangements have been finalized at this point.”
Highlighting the importance of the Korean-Chinese relationship, the official stressed, “As neighboring nations, we uphold the principles of continuous cooperation based on mutual respect, international norms, and principles.”
During a meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Han Deok-soo in Hangzhou, China, on the 23rd, President Xi expressed his willingness to support the Korea-Japan-China summit at an appropriate time, stating, “We will seriously consider” a visit to Korea.
It has been eight years since President Xi’s last visit to Korea, which took place in July 2014 during the Park Geun-hye administration. If the Korea-Japan-China summit proceeds as planned at the end of the year, it is highly likely that President Xi will visit Korea next year.
politics | 2023.09.24 17:00
[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Kim Tae-hoon = Regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Korea, the President’s Office announced on the 24th, “President Xi will not attend the Korea-Japan-China summit scheduled for the end of the year.”
An official from the Office of the Presidency met with reporters at the Office of the President in Yongsan this afternoon and said, “Even if the Korea-Japan-China summit is held at the end of the year, the Chinese prime minister has attended,” and added, “President Xi’s visit to Korea will be promoted separately from the Korea-Japan-China summit.” he said.
[서울=뉴스핌] Prime Minister Han Deok-soo (left), who visited China to attend the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping and shakes hands at the Xihu State Hotel in Hangzhou, China, on the afternoon of the 23rd. [사진=국무총리실] 2023.09.23 email@example.com
This official explained, “Both countries will make efforts regarding President Xi’s visit to Korea, but nothing has been decided.”
Regarding the Korean-Chinese relationship, he also added, “We are neighboring countries and we have the principle of continuous cooperation as long as there is mutual respect and international norms and principles.”
On the 23rd, during a meeting with Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, who was visiting China for the Hangzhou Asian Games, President Xi said, “I welcome the holding of the Korea-Japan-China summit at an appropriate time. ” He also said, “We will seriously consider” a visit to Korea.
President Xi has not visited Korea in eight years, the last being in July 2014 during the Park Geun-hye administration. However, if the Korea-Japan-China summit is held at the end of the year, it is very likely that President Xi will visit Korea next year.
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