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Hu Arrives in Seoul on Aug. 25 for State Visit
Chinese President Hu Jintao

Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit South Korea on Aug. 25 for summit talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak over ways to deepen bilateral relations and promote peace and stability in Northeast Asia, South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on Aug. 24..

At their summit slated for Monday afternoon at Cheong Wa Dae, Lee and Hu are expected to map out detailed action plans aimed at upgrading their cooperative ties and boosting bilateral policy coordination for the speedy settlement of the North Korean nuclear problem.

Following the summit, they will issue a joint statement and observe their Cabinet ministers sign a number of MOUs on closer cooperation in the fields of energy conservation, prevention of desertification, trade information networking, state-of-the-art technologies, food safety and education.

Lee and Hu have already met twice after the South Korean leader took office in February. During their first summit in Beijing in late May, Lee and Hu agreed to upgrade Seoul-Beijing relations from a "comprehensive cooperative partnership" to a "strategic cooperative partnership." The upgraded bilateral relations called for a significant boost in exchanges along with cooperation in diplomacy, security, economics, social issues and culture.

The two leaders met again on Aug. 9 in Beijing, after Lee attended the opening ceremony of the 29th Summer Olympics there, and agreed to closely cooperate on accelerating the ongoing denuclearization process involving North Korea through six-party talks.

Hu's upcoming visit to South Korea will mark his second while in office after the first one in November 2005.

"Hu will be the first Chinese president to visit South Korea twice while in office. His South Korean trip due the very following day after the closing of the Beijing Olympics will demonstrate ever-closer bilateral relations," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Lee Dong-kwan said.

According to the spokesman, Park Geun-hye, who is the former chairwoman of the ruling Grand National Party, as well as South Korean actress Lee Young-ae and singer Jang Nara, have been invited to a state dinner to be held at Cheong Wa Dae for Hu on Monday night.

Park visited Beijing early this year in her capacity as President Lee's special envoy, while Lee Young-ae and Jang are popular with Chinese people.




 

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