Meeting his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday, South Korea's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong asked for China's consistent support for the Korean Peninsula Peace Process, calling Beijing a "key partner" needed to achieve that goal.
"South Korea and China have worked together closely as key partners for the common goal of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and lasting peace. We hope for Beijing's consistent support for our government's Korean Peninsula Peace Process."
In response, Wang highlighted their strengthened bilateral ties, calling South Korea an inseparable partner.
"China and South Korea are close neighbors that cannot be moved and partners that cannot leave each other. We hope to strengthen our bilateral community awareness, constantly expand upon our common interests, and seek further avenues of potential cooperation."
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Wang said all parties should work together to resume dialogue with the North, and he hopes all do their part for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
Wang referred to Pyeongyang's test-firing last weekend of cruise missiles, saying that North Korea is not the only one engaging in military action those remarks possibly meant for the U.S.
Hours later, with the Chinese diplomat still in Seoul, North Korea test-fired ballistic missiles.
When asked whether China intends to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the Beijing Winter Olympics, Wang said it's an international custom to invite other countries through the International Olympic Committee.
Regarding South Korea's relationship with the U.S., the Chinese foreign minister emphasized yet again that Seoul and Beijing are "inseparable neighbors and partners" to each other.
He was critical of the U.S.-led intel-sharing program "Five Eyes," calling it by-product of the Cold War era.
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives has considered including South Korea in the intel-sharing program, apparently a move against the rise of China and Russia.
He added that Chinese President Xi Jinping thinks it's important to visit South Korea and that it can happen once the COVID-19 pandemic situation gets under control.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.