Xi says China ready to join S. Korea in restoring healthy development of ties
Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Thursday that China would like to join South Korea in bringing bilateral ties back to the track of healthy development.
He made the remarks while meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in ahead of a G20 summit in the northern German port city of Hamburg.
China and South Korea, two geographically close nations, share interconnected cultures and notable complementary advantages, Xi said, adding that the two sides have realized a leapfrog development in their relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties 25 years ago, which has benefited the two peoples greatly and contributed to regional peace, stability and prosperity.
"For a period of time, China-South Korea relations have been facing difficulties, and we do not want to see that," he said.
It is the common responsibility of the two sides to maintain and develop bilateral ties, he noted.
Xi also urged Seoul to take seriously China's rightful concerns and handle relevant issues properly so as to clear the obstacles for the development of bilateral ties.
For his part, Moon said South Korea highly values its relationship with China, adding that the two countries have a long history of exchanges, share broad common interests, and have become important partners for cooperation.
He also said that since taking office, he has engaged in active interactions with China, noting that Seoul seeks to join Beijing in stepping up bilateral exchanges and cooperation at various levels and in various areas, so as to shape a strategic partnership for the two countries.
Moon said that he I fully understands China's relevant concerns and intends to have in-depth communication with the Chinese side," he added.
Speaking of the situation in the Korean Peninsula, the Chinese leader said China supports the new South Korean government's efforts to restart contact and dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
China is committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, promoting peace and stability there, and settling the problem through dialogues and consultations, he said.
In response, Moon said his country agrees that the issue should be fixed via dialogues and consultations, adding that he is ready to work closely with China to realize denuclearization on the peninsula and to safeguard regional peace and stability.
(Source_title：Xi says China ready to join S. Korea in restoring healthy development of ties)