Beijing, 21 February 2022 (TDI): Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs, spoke via phone with Noh Kyu-duk, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

Noh informed Ambassador Liu on ROK’s current efforts on Korean Peninsula issues, expressing his country’s commitment to work for better communication and cooperation with China in order to manage the Peninsula’s situation and reopen the dialogue at the earliest convenience.

Ambassador Liu acknowledged the efforts of ROK and stated that he is prepared to be in communication and coordination with his Republic of Korea counterpart. He emphasized both parties should respond to the DPRK’s denuclearization initiatives and attentively engage to address the reasonable concerns of DPRK.

Moreover, there will be a more open dialogue between both countries to resume coalition and cooperation. Liu reiterated support for ROK in their efforts to improve relations and achieve conciliation and cooperation.

Special Strategic Relations

China and the Republic of Korea have a close special bilateral relation. China plays the role of the most reliable ally for the Republic of Korea. There exists mutual aid, trade, and cooperation between China and the Republic of Korea.

China and the Republic of Korea have exceptional and extensive trade and commercial ties. The Republic of Korea’s relations with China has improved in the last 30 years.

The South Korean President, emphasized the importance of restoring a free economic order based on multilateralism and reciprocal cooperation. Now, China is ready to support and encourage ROK in the Korean Peninsula issue.

China’s perspectives on the Korean Peninsula are based on geopolitical, international law, and historical aspects. Since the 1950-53 Korean War, Pyongyang and Seoul signed merely any peace treaty. That is to say, the Korean peninsula is still technically at war.