President Xi, ‘Korea-China relations better than ever’
Chinese President Xi Jinping greeted the audience by saying hello in Korean before making a speech at Seoul National University (SNU) during his state visit to Korea, on July 4. The audience responded with a round of applause and cheers.
“Historically, whenever the two nations have been in a perilous situation, they helped each other out and overcame the difficulties,” said President Xi, who became the first Chinese president to give a speech at a Korean university. “Now the two nations clearly have a strategic cooperative partnership and the relationship is better than ever before.”
“Korea-China relations have climbed a step and are now on an even higher level. The people of the two nations will become partners who share a mutual development in the new international order and who will contribute to regional peace,” he added.
Having supported Korean President Park Geun-hye’s “trust-building process,” President Xi said, “We are against the existence of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, and issues that concern the region including nuclear weapons development need to be solved via dialogue and negotiation.” “We hope for the betterment of our relatives just as we do for our neighbors. We ultimately support an independent, peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula,” the president added. The audience responded with a round of applause.
After the speech, Jang Ye-na, a graduate student majoring in communication, said “I was moved by President Xi Jinping’s speech when he said history does not change but we can change our future. I am hopeful about future Korea-China relations and expect even better relations.”
An engineering student, Yoon Pu-ream said, “President Xi personally met students and gave words of wisdom when speaking about Korea-China relations. I was very impressed.”
A business administration student, Yoon So-ra said, “President Xi discussed the details of bilateral economic cooperation and it was interesting. The most memorable part was when he stressed Korea-China cooperation for the prosperity of Asia.”
By Jeon Han, Limb Jae-un
Korea.net staff writers