On May 4, 2018, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks at request with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, the relations between China and the ROK have maintained a sound momentum of development. The various consensus reached by Mr. President and me is being gradually implemented. China attaches great importance to bilateral relations and is willing to, together with the ROK, strengthen communication, deepen practical cooperation, and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges so that China-ROK relations could steadily move forward in the direction that is in line with the common interests of both sides.
Moon Jae-in expressed that he is glad to see the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and him is being gradually implemented. The ROK is committed to promoting the sustained development of the ROK-China strategic cooperative partnership, and looks forward to intensifying high-level exchanges with China and maintaining close communications on the Korean Peninsula situation and major international issues.
Moon Jae-in briefed Xi Jinping on the achievements from the recent meeting between the leaders of the ROK and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He said that the leaders of both sides have held a successful meeting, reached broad consensus on improving the relations between the ROK and the DPRK, promoting the realization of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishing a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, and jointly issued the Panmunjom Declaration. The ROK thanks China for the important role it has played in facilitating the positive changes in the Korean Peninsula situation, and appreciates China’s firm support for the dialogue between the ROK and the DPRK and the important contributions China has made to promoting the settlement of issues through dialogue and negotiation. The ROK is willing to strengthen coordination with China and continuously commits to resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and negotiation, in a bid to make contributions to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world.
Xi Jinping pointed out that not long ago, Mr. President and Chairman Kim Jong-un have held a historic meeting, which has made important achievements in improving the relations between the ROK and the DPRK, easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and promoting the realization of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. China speaks highly of the positive efforts made by the ROK and the DPRK in this regard. The international community and all parties concerned should give more support and encouragement to such gestures. Currently, the regional situation is at a critical juncture and peace on the Korean Peninsula is facing historic opportunities. China supports the ROK and the DPRK in continuing to actively make interactions with each other, improve relations, and practically implement the consensus reached by both sides. China is willing to work with the international community including the ROK and the DPRK to play due and positive roles in comprehensively advancing the political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula issue and in ultimately achieving lasting peace in this region.