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China, South Korea agree to further ease pandemic-related travel restrictions

China, South Korea Agree to Further Ease Pandemic-Related Travel Restrictions

SEOUL – China and South Korea have agreed to further ease travel restrictions linked to the pandemic, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday after meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul.
Wang praised the “robustness” and “vitality” of China’s relations with South Korea, saying his trip to the country, despite Covid-19, shows how Beijing values the bilateral partnership.
Kang Kyung-wha said Wang’s visit showed close cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries.
“Before the 30th anniversary in 2022 of the establishment of bilateral relations, I hope for an exchange of views on the further development of the strategic partnership between the two countries,” Kang said.
Wang is traveling to the neighboring country as South Korea battles its third wave of infections.
Citing the country’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Yonhap reported that South Korea’s daily coronavirus case count exceeded 500 for the first time in more than eight months on Thursday. The country now has 32,318 cases in total.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in prevention and control of the virus and further expand a “fast lane” for travel.
They also discussed the creation of a mechanism to combat the virus in East Asia.
Foreign ministers affirmed that they will continue to promote bilateral strategic partnership and deepen cooperation as well as increase mutual trust.
They also agreed to open dialogues on diplomatic relations, national security and maritime issues to further build confidence and promote maritime cooperation.
On regional cooperation, the two sides agreed to make efforts for the early implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and accelerate the negotiations on the China-Japan-South Korea free trade area.
Wang and Kang agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in the third market and new industries, and said they hoped to advance the second phase of free trade agreement negotiations between the countries.
They also declared their determination to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and agreed to resolve regional denuclearization through political dialogue.
Wang told his South Korean counterpart that China strongly supports improving ties between Pyongyang and Seoul.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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