Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin Meets Director of Office of Central Commission for Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi

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1. Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin held a 45-minute meeting with Wang Yi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, on July 14 on the sidelines of the 2023 ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meetings in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two sides discussed issues of mutual interest such as the overall Korea-China relations, Korean Peninsula issues, and regional and global affairs. 

2. The two sides reaffirmed their shared commitment to consistently develop Korea-China relations affirmed during the bilateral summit held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali in November last year, and agreed to pay close attention and make delicate efforts in order to develop bilateral relations in a more mature and healthy way based on mutual respect, reciprocity and common interest. 

3. The two sides agreed on the importance of high-level exchanges including bilateral meetings at the ministerial and presidential levels, and decided to promote bilateral exchanges and communication at various levels, including the Foreign and Defense Meeting, the Vice Foreign Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, the meeting of the Committee on People-to-People Exchanges, and the Track 1.5 Dialogue. 

4. In addition, the two sides decided to actively cooperate to achieve tangible results in areas that have impact on daily lives of people, including stable management of supply chains and enhancement of  people-to-people and cultural contents exchanges. 

5. Foreign Minister Park strongly condemned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile on July 12, and stressed that it is in common interests of both sides that the DPRK stops further provocations including nuclear tests, and chooses the path of dialogue toward denuclearization. He added that it is more important than ever for China to play a constructive role for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The two sides agreed to strengthen communication at various levels on the DPRK’s nuclear issue. 

6. The two sides also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest regarding regional and global affairs. The two sides agreed that trilateral cooperation among Korea, Japan and China is important for peace and prosperity in the region, and decided to actively make efforts to revitalize trilateral cooperation, including holding meetings at the ministerial and presidential levels. In addition, the two sides decided to closely communicate in responding to various global issues.
By Nadeem Faisal Baiga