On October 27, 2011, visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with Speaker of the ROK National Assembly Park Hee-tae, Deputy Speaker of the ROK National Assembly Chung Ui-hwa as well as National Assembly members from Grand National Party, Democratic Party and Democratic Labor Party at the National Assembly Building of the ROK.
Park first expressed warm welcome for Vice Premier Li's visit to the ROK, saying he was glad to meet Li and his delegation in the National Assembly.
Li conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Wu Bangguo to Park. Li said bilateral ties had enjoyed comprehensive and fast development since the two countries established diplomatic relations 19 years ago. This had brought huge benefits to the two peoples and made a great contribution to safeguarding and promoting regional peace, stability and development. Li said he hoped China and the ROK could expand inter-parliamentary exchanges, promote exchanges between political parties and youth and enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples. Li also hoped the two countries could push their strategic cooperative partnership to a higher level.
Park asked Li to convey his cordial greetings to Chairman Wu. He said the China-ROK friendship enjoyed popular support in his country. The ROK National Assembly actively supports China-ROK ties and would make a positive contribution to the development of China-ROK ties by promoting inter-parliamentary, youth and people-to-people exchanges.
Li also said China was committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, restarting the Six-Party Talks and promoting denuclearization on the peninsula. Li said China was also devoted to supporting contacts and exchanges between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the ROK to achieve reconciliation and cooperation between the two sides. This was in the common interest of all countries in the region and China would continue to make unremitting efforts to reach the goal, Li said.
Park said his country appreciated the vital role China played in safeguarding the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and that his country was willing to strengthen communications and coordination with China in this aspect.