Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his piece with a traditional Korean saying: It only costs three straw bags to buy a house but a thousand to get a good neighbor, emphasizing the importance of having good neighbors.
He goes on to say that Seoul and Beijing have been able to build a healthy relationship based on trust,.. adding the two should always be able to freely exchange opinions on areas of mutual interest.
President Xi also calls economic cooperation the main focal point of Korea-China relations and says China is aiming to expand its economic ties with Seoul through speedy negotiations on their bilateral FTA.
As for his visit to Seoul, he writes that he hopes the two leaders will share friendship, discuss cooperation and preserve peace.
His words were echoed a day earlier by Korean President Park Geun-hye during an interview with China's CCTV, where she expressed hope that the visit will bring relations between the two to a new high.
"I believe that President Xi's visit to South Korea will make more substantial progress, yield more fruitful results and strengthen mutual trust and friendship between the two countries."
When asked about Korea's ongoing historical disputes with Japan, President Park simply said Tokyo needs to have a correct understanding of history.
She also accused Tokyo of trying to undermine the 1993 Kono Statement, which was its official apology for forcing roughly 200-thousand women into sexual slavery during World War II.
"This move undermined the mutual trust between Japan and South Korea. This is a behavior that disregards the criticisms of the international community."
Japan's recent attempts to revise history, and economic cooperation between China and Korea will top the agenda of the summit between the two leaders.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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