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Xi backs denuclearisation of Korean peninsula
June 27, 2013, 3:01 pm


The Chinese leader said his country attaches great importance to its ties with the ROK [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping has held talks with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye.

President Park arrived in Beijing on Thursday morning – her first state visit to China since taking office in February.

The Chinese leader said his country attaches great importance to its ties with the ROK and their bilateral relationship is an important part of China’s foreign policy.

“We on both sides consistently agree to continue to realise the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and firmly protect peace and stability on the peninsula,” President Xi said during a joint appearance with Park Geun-Hye.

China foreign policy expert Minghao Zhao feels the synergy between Beijing and Seoul is unmistakably stronger now.

“The deepening of China-South Korea relations is pivotal to the long-term stability and prosperity of the region,” Zhao told The BRICS Post.

“China-South Korea ties are absolutely at a pivotal moment for denuclearisation of the peninsula,” he added.

Park said she will use the visit to advance bilateral ties and push for more positive results regarding the maintenance of peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

“We have agreed that the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is of common interest for the two countries,” Park said.

It is important to promote bilateral cooperation in economics and security, she said, adding that it is also important to beef up people-to-people exchanges between the two sides.

During her four-day visit, Park will also meet with Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang.

Park will also visit Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

With inputs from Agencies