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Li Keqiang Meets with ROK President Moon Jae-in

On the afternoon of November 13, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Manila.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and the ROK are close neighbors and important cooperation partners. Since two countries established diplomatic relations 25 years ago, bilateral relations and cooperation have achieved rapid development. During President Xi Jinping's attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, he met again with Mr. President, and reached important consensus on being committed to improving and developing China-ROK relations. It is hoped that both sides could cherish the political mutual trust that has been accumulated for many years and respect each others' core interests and major concerns. China, the ROK and Japan have reached some consensus in dealing with the issue of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the current stage. It is expected that the ROK could continue making substantive efforts to remove obstacles in bilateral relations so as to ensure China-ROK relations stable and healthy development along the right track.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and the ROK share extensive common interests and tremendous cooperation potential. He hoped that both sides could align development strategies, give play to the complementary advantages, promote mutually beneficial cooperation in economy, trade, finance, manufacturing, environmental protection and other fields, strengthen personnel exchanges and people-to-people exchanges and consolidate the public opinion foundation of bilateral relations. It is hoped that both sides could make joint efforts and open up a new chapter for bilateral cooperation on the basis of the improvement and turnabout of China-ROK relations.

Moon Jae-in noted that ROK-China relations are now standing at a new starting point. The ROK side is willing to make joint efforts with China to rebuild political mutual trust and resume cooperation in economic and trade as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to bring bilateral relations back onto the normal track at an early date.

Both sides also exchanged views on regional issues of common concern.

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