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[WTO Election]: China and South Korea meet, discuss to produce a female candidate ahead WTO poll

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Ahead of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General election, China and South Korea representatives have met and strategized to lobby electorates for one of the female candidates, Yoo Myung-hee (Republic of Korea).

During the meeting that lasted for several minutes, sources said that the representatives discussed chances of other candidates, Dr. Jesús Seade Kuri (Mexico), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya), Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Dr. Liam Fox (United Kingdom).

Other issues discussed at the meeting include accelerating free-trade agreement negotiations, expanding cultural exchanges, denuclearisation, and the coronavirus response strategies barely a year after its outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

At the meeting held in the southern port city of Busan, a member of the Communist Party Politburo, Yang Jiechi, met with South Korea’s new national security adviser, Suh Hoon.

The South Korea presidential Blue House spokesman, Kang Min-seok, confirmed the meeting through a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday.

This came after outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic undercut bilateral exchanges and stalled ongoing denuclearisation negotiations involving North Korea but the two countries resumed exchanges last month when Seoul sent a high-level diplomat for a bilateral economic meeting.

Suh, who took up the top security job last month after serving as intelligence chief, also discussed a potential trip to Seoul by Chinese President, Xi Jinping.

Kang said the two countries agreed to make Xi’s visit to South Korea happen promptly once the COVID-19 situation stabilized and that China called South Korea a priority for President Xi to visit.

Yang said China will continue to talk and cooperate with South Korea to achieve denuclearisation and peace on the Korean peninsula. The two sides also agreed on the need to hold the South Korea-China-Japan summit within this year.

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