By Kim Minji
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon from March 25-30 will visit Mongolia and China in his first official trips of the year.
In Mongolia through March 27, Lee will pay a courtesy call on Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga and hold a bilateral summit with Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh on enhancing bilateral cooperation. Mongolia is one of the priority countries for Korea’s New Northern Policy.
Lee’s visit also comes a year ahead of the 30th anniversary of Korean-Mongolian diplomatic relations. And to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Korean Provisional Government, he will visit Lee Taejun Memorial Park, named after a Korean doctor who fought for Korea’s independence from Mongolia.
Moving on to China from March 27-28, Lee will attend the 2019 Boao Forum in Boao, a coastal town on the island of Hainan. He will be the first Korean prime minister since 2014 to attend the event, which is a nonprofit economic conference for Asia attended by representatives from government, industry and academia.
Lee will then hold a summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on topics like control of fine dust and bilateral cooperation. To strengthen the New Northern Policy, Lee will also hold talks with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on ensuring success for the upcoming Korea-ASEAN Special Summit and Korea-Mekong Summit.
Before returning to Korea, Lee from March 28-30 will visit Chongqing and tour the renovated building of the Korean Provisional Government.