December 02, 2010 12:16
President Lee Myung-bak on Wednesday sought to head off mounting public anger here over China's refusal to censure North Korea for its recent artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island. China also stood by North Korea after it sank the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March.
"While there have been reports that our relationship with China is in trouble, I'm confident about our partnership," Lee said in a breakfast meeting with his foreign policy and security advisers at Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday. "On the North Korean issue, my view is that we and China will work out solutions together."
"I've met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao each more than 10 times in the last three years," Lee added. "We've become close enough to discuss important issues with each other."
He warned against viewing the current situation as a dichotomy of the U.S. versus China and South Korea versus North Korea. "In times like this, we need to pool our wisdom in a cool-headed manner, and always think about what is best for our national interest," he said.
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