Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, who is here to attend the upcoming ninth meeting of foreign ministers of China, Japan and the ROK, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 20, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling)
BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Tuesday pledged to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as high technology and innovation.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha ahead of the ninth meeting of foreign ministers of China, Japan and the ROK, the first three-way meeting since August 2016.
Wang said China-ROK relations have developed well, expressing the hope that the ROK side could actively participate in the Belt and Road cooperation, jointly develop third-party markets and speed up the second phase of the Sino-ROK Free Trade Agreement talks.
Under the current situation, the two countries should strengthen cooperation especially in high technology and innovation, Wang said, noting China, Japan and the ROK should work together to safeguard multilateralism and the free trade system. He also called on Japan and the ROK to resolve disputes properly through dialogue and negotiations.
For her part, Kang said the ROK side is willing to work with China to expand the depth and width of bilateral relations.
The ninth meeting of foreign ministers of China, Japan and the ROK will open Wednesday in Gubei water town, a tourist destination near the Great Wall in northern Beijing.