On April 7, 2012, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with his counterpart Kim Sung-hwan of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Ningbo, Zhejiang on the sidelines of the sixth China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers Meeting.
During the meeting, Yang said this year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the ROK, as well as the China-South Korea Friendly Exchange Year. President Hu Jintao met with President Lee Myung-bak during the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit not long ago, reaching important consensus on the development of bilateral relations. China will work with the ROK to implement the consensus reached by both leaders, enhance practical cooperation based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and ensure the success of the year of China-ROK friendly exchanges so as to push the strategic cooperative partnership to a new level.
Kim praised close exchanges and fruitful cooperation between the two countries, hoping that the two sides will take the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the year of China-ROK friendly exchanges to expand bilateral exchanges and cooperation. He also suggested that foreign ministries of the two nations should enhance dialogue and consultation, so as to advance bilateral ties.
Yang and Kim agreed to make joint efforts to ensure the success of the upcoming trilateral meeting among leaders of China, Japan and ROK.
They also exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and other issues.