Kim Jin-pyo “Invitation of Chairman of the Standing Committee of China Ri Zan-su… A visit to Korea will be made within the year” :: Empathy Media News Agency ::

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“Expression of intention to visit Korea…The timing will be discussed between the diplomatic authorities”
“I fully agree with the proposal to supplement Korea-China diplomacy at the National Assembly level…”

[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Ko Beom-jun = National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo holds a press conference at the National Assembly Speaker’s Office in Yeouido, Seoul on the afternoon of the 21st. (joint photo) 2022.08.21. [email protected]

[서울=뉴시스]Reporter Choi Young-seo = National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo said on the 21st that his counterpart Li Zhansu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC), will visit Korea within this year.

Chairman Kim said at a press conference held at the National Assembly in the afternoon of the same day, “Chairman Lee congratulated me on my inauguration as Speaker of the National Assembly, and I sent a thank-you letter to him and invited me to visit him once in the near future.”

He explained, “(From Chairman Lee’s side), we will express our intentions again, and we will probably discuss when is a good time between our diplomatic authorities and the Korean-Chinese embassy.”

The chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress ranks third in the ranking of power in China and corresponds to the role of the speaker of the Korean National Assembly.

Earlier, it was reported that, at a dinner held on the 19th by President Yoon Seok-yeol and the Speaker of the National Assembly, the issue of ‘plans to strengthen diplomatic power’ led by lawmakers was reportedly discussed.

Chairman Kim said on the same day, “The government has no choice but to pursue a foreign policy that focuses on alliance diplomacy, but I told the president (to the president) that in the case of diplomacy with neighboring countries, for example, Korea-China diplomacy, it would be right for the National Assembly to do it complementary.” said.

To this, President Yoon said that he “completely agrees” with Chairman Kim’s opinion and replied with the intention that “the government will provide necessary support for the diplomatic activities of lawmakers.”

On the other hand, Chairman Kim added, “I was with the Chinese visiting delegation when I was former National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, and I remember having a good conversation with him at the time.”

Former Chairman Moon met with Chairman Lee of the Standing Committee in China in 2019 to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula and economic cooperation issues and emphasized communication between Korea and China.

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