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South Korean Foreign Minister stresses a peaceful solution to the issue of Taiwan after President Moon’s US visit

South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait following President Moon Jae-in’s visit to the United States.

On May 24, Chung said in an interview with KBS TV: “It is only a fact that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait are very important for peace and stability in the region,” according to Yonhap News Agency. He said such a fact was reflected in the joint statement of the summit issued by the United States and the Republic of Korea (RC), although many in general.

Chung also executed the issues over the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan, declaring that both needed a peaceful settlement, in the hope that China would understand the ROK’s position on Taiwan.

His remarks are seen as a response to Beijing’s response to the US-ROK Joint Declaration.

The Chinese Ambassador to the ROK, Xing Haiming, expressed his disapproval on May 24, claiming that China is aware that part of the statement is directed at Beijing, as it raises sensitive issues regarding the Strait of Taiwan and the South See touch.

Later, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed concern about the content of the summit, saying that Beijing ‘does not consider any foreign interference in the issue in Taiwan.

President Moon Jae-in paid a three-day visit to the United States from May 21 and met Joe Biden, who was a second head of state to visit the White House, after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in April. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the alliance between the two countries.

At the joint press conference, Biden described the 70-year alliance between the US-ROCK as essential to the future of the Indo-Pacific region and the world.

On the issue of Taiwan, both leaders stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Strait of Taiwan in the joint statement of the summit, the first time Taiwan has been included in such statements.

When contacted, Moon said Biden had not put him under pressure to take a tougher stance on China’s stance on Taiwan. ‘But as far as peace and stability in Sea Street are concerned, we have agreed on how important the region is. “Especially considering the special characteristics between China and Taiwan, we have decided to work more closely on this issue in the future,” Moon said.

Although freedom of navigation and human rights have been mentioned, there has been family play on China, but no call.

Data show that South Korea’s economy is heavily dependent on China. In 2019, the country exported more than $ 136 billion worth of goods to China in East Asia, accounting for a quarter of its total exports, according to Chung Min Lee, a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Asia program and an expert on Korean and Northeast Asian security.

However, he noted that South Koreans are increasingly being repulsed by China’s extreme nationalism and the imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong. Three-quarters of South Koreans have a negative view of China, compared to less than a third in 2002, he added.

As of May 3, data from President Moon Jae-in shows a record low of 33 percent since he took office in 2017, according to the Seoul-based Korean Times.

Caden Pearson contributed to this report.

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