South Korea and China holds strategic dialogue, commits close cooperation on North Korea; South Korean Prime Minister visits Mexico and Canada
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    Reports noted that during the fifth bilateral strategic dialogue held in Beijing between South Korea and China, both the parties agreed to strengthen their bilateral ties and to cooperate on issues relating to North Korea. 1 During the meeting, they also affirmed that “the denuclearization of North Korea and peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula are the two counties’ strategic goals”. 2

    In another development, during his recent three-day long visit to Mexico in late November, South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik met with new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and discussed a bilateral FTA deal. From Mexico, Kim was to fly to Canada to discuss with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Joseph Harper regarding efforts for progress in negotiation for a FTA and to discuss the possibility of strengthening cooperation in the energy sector. 3