China, ROK hold diplomatic strategic dialogue

Updated: 2011-12-27 16:58


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SEOUL - Senior officials from foreign ministries of China and South Korea held the fourth high-level strategic dialogue in Seoul on Tuesday, vowing to deepen cooperation and boost bilateral ties.

The one-day talks, led by Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and South Korean First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Park Suk-hwan, come under a mechanism established in 2008 for annual dialogues between high-level diplomats of the two nations.  

During Tuesday's talks, the two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations, and major international and regional issues of common interest.

They agreed that the two nations should take the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year as an opportunity to further boost practical cooperation in various areas, and achieve new development on bilateral ties.

The two sides also agreed that all parties concerned should make joint efforts to maintain peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

On the same day, Zhang also met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan and Unification Minister Yu Woo- ik respectively.

The third high-level diplomatic strategic dialogue between the two nations was held in Beijing in September 2010. The second one was held in Seoul in April 2009 and the first one in Beijing in December 2008.