| Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (2nd R) meets with Kim Moo-sung (2nd L), special envoy of South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-hye, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 21, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said during a Monday meeting with ROK president-elect Park Geun-hye's special envoy Kim Moo-sung that China looks forward to a stronger partnership with the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Increasingly close and mature bilateral ties have not only brought substantial benefits to the two nations, but also made contributions to peace, stability and prosperity in East Asia, Yang said.
China and the ROK forged diplomatic ties in 1992 and upgraded their partnership in May 2008.
China attaches great importance to its ties with the ROK, Yang said, adding that he believes their partnership will see even more progress through joint efforts by both sides.
Park, who won the country's presidential election in December 2012, will replace incumbent President Lee Myung-bak next month.