Presidents Park, Xi to speak at Korea-China economic forumUpdated: 2014-07-04 14:12:59 (KST)
Chinese President Xi Jinping spent his second day in Korea underscoring his country's commitment toward ties with Seoul in meetings with South Korean lawmakers.
And an economic and trade forum for officials and businessmen from the two countries is about to begin as we speak.
Both Presidents Park and Xi plan to make their case to the business leaders.
Let's find out what more is on the Chinese leader's itinerary for the remainder of his state visit here -- our presidential office correspondent Choi You-sun is live on the line.
The big event today will be the two countries' economic and trade cooperation forum, where both leaders will address some 5-hundred Korean and Chinese officials and businessmen.
President Park will stress the need to diversify bilateral cooperation from its current focus on the manufacturing sector.
She will also propose Seoul and Beijing work together toward realizing her Eurasia Initiative of linking energy and logistics infrastructure across the continent.
And I understand there were talks on a proposal for Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo to work together on researching Northeast Asian history?
Earlier today, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa, and responded positively to Chung's proposal to set up a trilateral historical research committee with Japan.
Emphasizing the need for the three Northeast Asian neighbors to share the same historical perspectives, the speaker talked about a three-nation committee that would one day jointly publish school texts.
To that end, the Chinese leader said the committee would serve to correct historical misunderstandings involving the three countries.
The comments come at a time when the Abe administration in Tokyo continues to deny its imperialist atrocities.
Beijing, locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Tokyo, has been pushing for more cooperation with Seoul on historical issues.
Chung then expressed his hopes to invite his Chinese counterpart Zhang Dejiang to Seoul, to which President Xi said he plans to suggest to Zhang more frequent exchanges and active dialogue between the two parliaments.
Before the business forum, President Park also hosted China's first couple for a luncheon, to further showcase the amicable relationship between Seoul and Beijing.
Just before wrapping up his Seoul visit, President Xi will meet with Chinese residents in Korea.
I'm Choi You-sun reporting on President Xi's state visit to Seoul and I'll be back with an update in our next newscast.
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