Leaders of South Korea and China met for the first time in 3 years… different views on resolving North Korea

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Yesterday, President Yoon Seok-yeol and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for the first time and had a summit meeting in Indonesia.

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, it was proposed to develop relations between Korea and China in a mature way, and the nuclear issue of North Korea was also discussed.

I am reporter Lee Jeong-eun.

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The Korea-China summit was held after 2 years and 11 months of going through the COVID-19 crisis and the supply chain.

It began with a blessing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Korea-China diplomatic relations.

[윤석열 대통령]

“We will work closely with China for a mature relationship between Korea and China based on respect and reciprocity.”

[시진핑 중국 국가주석]

“I attach great importance to China-Korea relations.”

The two leaders decided to develop Korea-China relations in a more mature way, and suggested the establishment of regular high-level dialogues and track 1.5 dialogue involving the public and private sectors to respond to pandemics and climate change.

Regarding the issue of North Korea, we agreed that we should strive for peace on the Korean Peninsula, but the two leaders had different methodologies.

President Yoon said he expected China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, to play a more active and constructive role, and President Xi said he hoped South Korea would actively improve inter-Korean relations.

This reveals a difference in perspective between South Korea, which wants to adhere to the US-led UN sanctions framework against North Korea, and China, which wants to improve inter-Korean relations first.

China’s response to the Phnom Penh declaration of the three countries, released in Cambodia on the 13th, was measured by the words of President Xi.

There was a number of content that China would be sensitive to, asking to strengthen security cooperation between Korea, the United States and Japan, and to exchange information about peace and missiles in the Taiwan Strait.

The two leaders suggested expanding private exchanges and quickly completing the second phase of the Korea-China FTA negotiations.

It shows a will for economic and cultural cooperation with China, but it is understood that security cooperation is the new government’s stance to be with the United States and Japan.

This is MBC News Lee Jeong-eun from Bali, Indonesia.

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