A seminar on "The Peninsula’s Denuclearization, Peace and China-ROK Cooperation" was jointly held by the Charhar Institute and the Sejong Institute with co-sponsor from the Ministry of Unification of the Republic of Korea (ROK) at Shi Garden, Headquarters of the Charhar Institute in Beijing on October 10th. Dr. Han Fangming, Chairman of the Charhar Institute, attended the seminar and delivered a speech.
Group photo at the seminar
Han said in his speech that a healthy, stable and positive China-ROK relationship is an important cornerstone for promoting stability in Northeast Asia and the world. It is also the common aspiration of the two peoples. In the future, China-ROK relations have broad prospects and potentials for development and we should see that the China-ROK relations return to the normal track in an orderly way.
Han noted that the higher-level economic and trade cooperation between China and ROK, which can help push forward the two countries to the development of the Third-Party Market, is conducive to sustainable economic development of the two countries. He remarked that China and ROK should adhere to the principle of ‘seeking common ground while reserving differences’ to advance further development of the bilateral relations and enhance regional and world peace and stability.
Han Fangming speaks at the seminar.
President of the Sejong Institute Haksoon Paik said at the seminar that permanent peace and denuclearization on the Peninsula could not only benefit North Korea, but also help boost ROK-China relations to a new level. He remarked that the expectations and efforts for peace and prosperity on the Peninsula are not only the common vision of the ROK, but also that of the surrounding countries.
Haksoon Paik speaks at the seminar.
The seminar mainly covered topics relevant to China-ROK cooperation, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, China-US relations, and peace policy on the Korean Peninsula. Specifically, the experts discussed and analyzed the mechanism of mutual trust between the DPRK and the US, China's role in the Peninsula issues, and the political approach to the settlement of the DPRK nuclear issue.
Heeok Lee, Professor of Political Science and Diplomacy Department of the Sungkyunkwan University, and Director of Sungkyun China Studies, Zhang Zhongyi, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Representative to Seoul of the Charhar Institute, Director of Peninsula Peace Research Center and Senior Fellow of the Charhar Institute, and Seonghyon Lee, Director of Center for Chinese Studies of the Sejong Institute, presided over relevant discussions respectively.
Ning Fukui, Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Charhar Institute and former Chinese Ambassador to ROK, pointed out that under the current situation of the Peninsula, the seminar was held in a timely manner, and the setting of relevant topics was also in line with the current situation in Northeast Asia, which was of great significance.
Ning Fukui speaks at the seminar.
He stressed that under the current situation, all parties concerned should sum up their experiences and lessons, seize opportunities, maintain the momentum of dialogue and strive to achieve more substantive results. And it is hoped the DPRK and the United States will enhance mutual trust and find the maximum common denominator of their positions and propositions so that the denuclearization process on the Peninsula can be continued. He noted this is something that both China and ROK are glad to see. Both governments and experts and scholars are hoped then to continue to make efforts to this end.
Yu Hongjun, Chief Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute and former Vice-Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of CPC, Shen Guofang, Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Charhar Institute, former Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Nam Ju Lee, Professor of Chinese Studies at Sungkonghoe University, Chung Sang-Ki, Visiting Researcher of the Sejong Institute, former Ambassador of Northeast Asian Cooperation of the ROK’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, and Wang Junsheng, Research Fellow of Asia-Pacific and Global Strategic Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Yu Wanli, Senior Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute, Park Byung Kwang, Advisory Research Member of ROK’s National Security Strategic Research Institute, Su Hao, Senior Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute, and Professor of the China Foreign Affairs University, Tang Qifang, Associate Research Fellow at the International Strategy Research Institute of the China Institute of International Studies and also many long-esteemed researchers attended the seminar.
At the seminar
As a non-governmental think tank on China's diplomacy and international relations, the Charhar Institute has been working to enhance mutual understanding between China and other countries in the world and to strengthen international dialogue and cooperation on political, economic and social issues since its establishment in 2009.
And especially on the issues of the Peninsula, the Charhar Institute has always been working hard under the leadership of Chairman Han Fangming in recent years, shuttling among all stakeholders on the Peninsula, bolstering consensus from all walks of life, boosting understanding among all parties, strengthening international dialogue and cooperation, and promoting the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue.
The Sejong Institute, founded in 1986, is a key think tank on policy-making in ROK. Most of the researchers at the Sejong Institute are well-known domestic and international scholars. It has been providing policy options on national strategy in the fields of foreign affairs, security and Peninsula reunification. Located in the Seongnam-si of Gyeonggi-do, the Sejong Institute maintains close contact with the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea, the Cheongwadae.
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