China's Xi Hopes for Closer Ties with Korea

      November 29, 2012 09:22

      China's new leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday expressed hope that the "strategic cooperative partnership between Korea and China will develop further in new political circumstances."

      Xi was replying to a message from President Lee Myung-bak congratulating him on his election as general secretary of the Communist Party of China on Nov. 15, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Jeong-ha said.

      "Over the past two decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations as friendly neighbors, Korea and China have achieved remarkable development in their bilateral relations," Xi said. "China will join hands with Korea to step up exchanges and cooperation between them and to defend peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, while attaching great importance to bilateral relations."

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