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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Arrives in Seoul for Official Visit

2007-04-10

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Seoul by special plane on April 10, 2007 for a two-day official visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK).

During the visit, Wen is scheduled to hold talks with ROK President Roh Moo-hyun and Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, exchanging views with them on bilateral ties as well as major international and regional issues of common concern. He will also meet with leaders of parliament and political parties as well as people from all walks of life and attend the relevant activities of the China-ROK Cultural Exchange Year.

In an interview given by Premier Wen to the ROK press prior to his departure, the Chinese premier said China and the ROK have a history of friendly exchanges running for several thousand years. This is conducive to the growth of China-ROK relations. There is no territorial issue between China and the ROK, and this provides the important political foundation for the growth of bilateral relations.

As to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Wen said ultimately this issue should be peacefully resolved by the North and the South of Korea independently. China hopes the two sides will enhance mutual trust and improve relations through negotiation and dialogue so as to achieve independent and peaceful unification, said Wen. The Chinese government will continue to play a facilitating role on this issue, he added.

ROK is the first leg of Wen's current tour and he will also travel on to Japan on April 11.

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