On the morning of June 29, 2018, the 1st Dialogue of Chinese-Korean Businesspeople and Former Senior Government Officials was hosted by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) in Beijing. Mr. Zeng Peiyan, Chairman of the CCIEE and former Vice Premier of the State Council of China, and Mr. Chung Sye-kyun, former Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea delivered speeches respectively. Chaired by Mr. Wei Jianguo, Vice Chairman of the CCIEE, the meeting brought together more than 30 businesspeople and former senior government officials of both countries.
Capt. Xu Lirong, Chairman of COSCO SHIPPING, was invited to the meeting and spoke at the roundtable discussion, calling for Chinese and South Korean companies to deepen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. He said the year 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the China-South Korea strategic cooperative partnership. As the largest shipping company in the world, COSCO SHIPPING has been committed to promoting economic and trade cooperation as well as business exchanges between the two countries. It has provided shipping and related services across the industry chain in South Korea, including shipbuilding, container shipping, bulk transportation, oil transportation, specialized cargo transportation and bunker supply. He added that the company will continue to play a leading role in shipping and relevant industries, seize the opportunities brought by the B&R Initiative and China-South Korea Free Trade Agreement and expand shipping and logistics cooperation with South Korea, while expecting South Korean companies to advance B&R cooperation as well.