BEIJING, South Korea's top envoy to China said Tuesday that he will continue to engage in strategic communication with Beijing to promote denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Amb. Noh Young-min said that the South Korean government evaluates the latest summit between North Korea and China as a development advancing denuclearization one step further.
"North Korea and China are expected to continue follow-up exchanges. We wish such exchanges will proceed in a way that contributes to complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," Noh said in a meeting with South Korean correspondents stationed in Beijing.
"Our government will maintain necessary communications with China to help ensure North Korean-Chinese relations move in that direction. What is also important is the swift implementation of summit agreements between the North and the United States. We'll continue strategic communication with Beijing to help China play a constructive role in the process."
Noh said he is optimistic about the South Korean-Chinese relationship following bilateral conflict over the installation of a U.S. anti-missile system, called Thaad, on South Korean soil.
According to the ambassador, senior business leaders of South Korea and China will meet in Beijing on Friday to discuss strengthening bilateral economic cooperation.
Noh himself plans to visit Shandong Province on July 2-3 for meetings with provincial leaders and to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Qingdao Severance Hospital, which is regarded as a symbol of the two countries' healthcare sector cooperation.
In addition, this year's first South Korea-China friendship week event will be jointly held with the government of Gansu Province on July 4-6, he said, adding that Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu, will host the event in connection with an international investment and trade fair.
Touching on rising Chinese visits to South Korea, Noh said, "In May this year alone, 389,044 Chinese people visited South Korea, an increase of 43.7 percent from the same month last year. The issuance of Chinese individual visas also surged 121.4 percent in May."
"Human exchanges between South Korea and China are expected to gradually recover in time for the summer vacation season in July and August," the ambassador said.
Source: Yonhap News Agency