(Edited from Xinhua, Beijing) China will strengthen cooperation with the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar through Premier Wen Jiabao’s four-nation tour from May 28 to June 3, a senior Chinese official said Wednesday.

“Premier Wen’s upcoming visits would be ‘a journey of peace, friendship and cooperation’, and are expected to boost neighborly friendship and cooperation with the four nations,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said at a news briefing ahead of Wen’s visit.

(Edited from Xinhua, Beijing) China will strengthen cooperation with the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar through Premier Wen Jiabao’s four-nation tour from May 28 to June 3, a senior Chinese official said Wednesday.

“Premier Wen’s upcoming visits would be ‘a journey of peace, friendship and cooperation’, and are expected to boost neighborly friendship and cooperation with the four nations,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said at a news briefing ahead of Wen’s visit.

Wen would pay official visits to the ROK, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar from May 28 to June 3 and attend the third three-party leaders’ meeting of China, the ROK and Japan on ROK’s Jeju island.

In the ROK, Wen would hold talks with President Lee Myung-bak and meet with Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Hyong-o and Prime Minister Chung Un Chan to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues, said Zhang. Zhang said China hoped to speed up the establishment of the free trade area (FTA) with the ROK and increase cooperation in education, science, culture and tourism.

In Japan Wen would meet with Emperor Akihito, hold talks with Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio and meets with speakers of the senate and house. China and Japan would sign agreements on food safety, energy conservation, environmental protection and e-commerce.

Wen’s visit to Mongolia and Myanmar would be the first by a Chinese Premier in 16 years. China and Mongolia would sign agreements of cooperation in the fields of finance, energy resources, science and technology, and infrastructure. Wen’s visit to Myanmar on June 2 and 3 would ink documents of cooperation in the economic and trade, finance, energy resources and science and technology sectors, according to Zhang. China would offer assistance, within its capacity, particularly in transportation and education, to help Myanmar develop economy and improve people’s livelihood, Zhang said.

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