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Premier Wen Jiabao Meets with His ROK Counterpart Han Duck-soo


On April 10, 2007, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with his ROK counterpart Han Duck-soo, exchanging views on strengthening cooperation on bilateral and regional issues.

Wen said China is satisfied with the rapid development of cooperation in various fields between China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) since the two countries established diplomatic ties 15 years ago.

"We are ready to join hands with ROK to continuously push the China-ROK all-round partnership of cooperation forward," Wen said, adding that enhancing and developing bilateral ties is China's set foreign policy. Currently, both sides should focus on the activities marking the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and the China-ROK Exchange Year, in order to increase communication and cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture, education and tourism, Wen said. The Chinese premier highlighted the implementation of a development layout of long-and-medium-term economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, saying that the scale of cooperation should be expanded and the level of cooperation should be upgraded. As for the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Wen said coordination and cooperation between the two countries should be strengthened to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as peace and stability of this region as soon as possible.

For his part, Han said that ROK-China ties have enjoyed rapid development and have transformed into an all-round partnership of cooperation in the past 15 years, thereby setting an example for state-to-state cooperation.

The ROK-China Exchange Year is very important to bilateral cooperation, Han added, vowing to join efforts with China to make it a successful event. ROK hopes to continue to push forward the joint study of building a free trade zone with China, to promote bilateral cooperation in trade, communications, nuclear energy and railway, and to enhance communication and coordination in regional and world affairs, said Han.

Following the meeting, Wen and Han jointly met with a group of Chinese and ROK youth representatives. Youth belongs to young generations who are the future of a nation, as well as the future of China-ROK ties, said Wen. The exchanges between the youth of both countries have lasted many years, and have been the basis of friendship between the two peoples, Wen noted. He hoped that the young generations of the two countries will join hands to carry forward the friendship between the two countries. For his part, ROK Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said that the future prosperity of both nations relied on the young people. He also hoped that the youth of both countries could cherish and maintain their friendship forever.

Over 300 youth representatives from China and ROK took part in the meeting. China and ROK signed a youth exchange agreement in 2004, according to which the ROK government would invite 500 Chinese young people to ROK each year from 2004.

On the same day, Wen met with directors of several ROK friendship groups including Chairman of Republic of Korea (ROK)-China Friendship Association Park Sam-koo, who also chairs the consultative committee of the ROK side for the China-ROK Exchange Year. During the meeting, Wen thanked for the contributions that ROK friendship organizations have made to enhancing understanding and friendship, and promoting exchanges and cooperation between peoples of the two countries. Wen pointed out that the friendly feelings between the Chinese and ROK people are the solid social basis and the strong source of power for the development of bilateral relations. Currently bilateral ties are facing favorable opportunities for in-depth development and enjoy huge potential. To further develop the relations requires people's efforts from both countries, as well as the active participation and support of non-governmental friendship organizations, Wen said. The Chinese premier noted the friendship and cooperation for generations is the common aspiration of both peoples and ROK hopes that the two countries' friendship groups will make new contributions to developing the friendship cause. Remarking on behalf of the ROK side, Park said the two countries' relationship and cooperation in various fields have developed rapidly, while bilateral trade and personnel exchanges have also been increased. He hoped governments of the two countries make greater efforts on expanding trade cooperation and facilitating personnel exchanges, adding that the ROK friendship organizations would as always play an active role in promoting friendly cooperation between the two countries.

In the morning, Wen paid a visit to SK Telecom.

Premier Wen listened to the introductions by Rho Jun-hyong, Minister of Information and Communication (MIC), and Chey Tae-won, Chairman of SK Group, on the development of ROK's telecommunication industry and the cooperation project between SK Group and China in the field of TD-SCDMA. Wen said that he is happy to see the cooperation between China and ROK in the field of telecommunication is moving smoothly. He said that information technology is more than a progress in science and technology and it enables heart-to-heart communications between the people. He hoped that further progress could be achieved with the cooperation between the two countries in the high and new tech field. After the meeting, Wen visited the TD operation room where he tried out TD-SCDMA video phones and talked to Wang Xudong, Minister of the Ministry of Information Industry, in Beijing.

Last August, SK Telecom and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDPR) of China signed a MoU on the cooperation in TD-SCDMA – 3G mobile communications, which included the construction of TD-SCDMA trial networks in ROK and the establishment of the center for joint development of TD-SCDM services in China. SK Telecom is now working in partnership with Chinese enterprises for the development of TD-SCDMA services.

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