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Premier Wen Jiabao Begins Talks with ROK President Roh Moo-hyun


On the afternoon of April 10, 2007, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao began his talks with ROK President Roh Moo-hyun in Seoul. Both sides will exchange views on bilateral ties, as well as major international and regional issues of common concern.

The two leaders are expected to focus their talks on a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the current situation in northeast Asia, regional cooperation, cooperation between the two countries on the world arena and other issues of common concern.

This is the first official visit to the ROK by a Chinese premier in seven years. Last October, President Roh Moo-hyun visited China and held talks with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. Wen will end his ROK visit by April 11 and travel on to Japan for a visit.

Economic and trade relations between the two countries have been developing rapidly in recent years. The trade volume hit 134 billion U.S. dollars in 2006. During President Hu's ROK tour in 2005, he and Roh Moo-hyun agreed that the trade volume between the two countries should increase to 200 billion dollars in 2012, which also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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