The leaders of South Korea and China held an in-depth discussion regarding the South Korean naval vessel disaster.
President Lee Myung-bak who is in Shanghai to attend the opening ceremony of the 2010 Shanghai Expo sat down with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on Friday.
During the half-hour meeting, the Chinese leader expressed his condolences for the sailors killed in the South Korean naval vessel disaster late last month.
[Interview : Hu Jintao, Chinese President ] "I express my condolences for the sacrificed sailors of the Cheonan disaster and their families here."
[Interview : President Lee Myung-bak ] "I wholeheartedly congratulate the Chinese government on the opening of the world's largest Shanghai Expo and am certain that it will be a success."
And on the trade front, the two leaders vowed to work closely together in order to achieve the bilateral trade of 200 billion US dollars by 2012.
As for the prospects of the Seoul-Beijing free trade agreement, the two leaders promised to swiftly wrap up the joint feasibility studies and pursue a trade accord in a speedy manner.
[Reporter : Kang Che-ry
email@example.com] "President Lee Myung-bak is scheduled to look around the Expo and visit Korea's national and corporate pavilions on Saturday.
He will return to Korea later in the day after having an interview with CCTV and sitting down for a dialogue with Koreans residing in China.
Kang Che-ry, Arirang News, Shanghai."