Ambassador Qiu Guohong of China disclosed that his country and Korea have fully restored trust in their relationship following President Moon Jae-in's state visit to Beijing last year. At a courtesy call Qui made to Chairman Lee Hae-chan of the ruling Democratic Party, Ambassador Qiu also stated that the two countries have maintained their strategic communication channels on safeguarding peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.
|Chairman Lee Hae-chan (left) of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party shakes hands with Ambassador Qiu Guohong of China at DP headquarters in Seoul on Sept. 28, 2018.|
Accoring to Yonhay today, Ambassador Qiu reportedly also delivered his government's wish for President Moon to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation slated for next April in China. He also expressed hopes for Korea-China Summit Talks to take place at the Group of 20 summit scheduled in Japan in May next year, according to DP officials.
In response, Chairman Lee requested that Beijing will completely remove restrictions imposed on group travels by Chinese tourists to South Korea which were imposed on them following the installation of a U.S. anti-missile defense system on South Korean soil last year, the officials said.
Chairman Lee then said that the chances of an accidental clash or war between South and North Korea appear to have largely disappeared following three recent inter-Korean summit meetings.
Looking back on his recent visit to Pyongyang, Speaker also told Ambassdor Qiu that North Korea's leadership seems to be asking Seoul to play an active role as arbitrator in the issue of the North's denuclearization.
"If we make a little more effort, North Korea and the U.S. will improve their ties and the whole of Northeast Asia will develop into a peaceful region," Lee was quoted as assuring Ambassador Qiu.
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