|[06_14_16]Chief Justice Zhou Qiang of Supreme People’s Court of China visits Korea|
Chief Justice ZHOU Qiang of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China visited Korea from 14 to 16 June, 2016 upon the invitation of Chief Justice YANG Sung-tae to strengthen the exchanges and cooperative relations between the Supreme Court of Korea and the Supreme People’s Court of China.
His return visit was made in response to Chief Justice Yang’s visit to the Supreme People’s Court of China in May 2013.
The eleven delegates accompanied the Chief Justice were: Justice HU Yunteng; Justice WANG Changsong who is serving as the President of Jilin Provincial High People’s Court; Justice DONG Kaijun who is serving as the President of Qinghai Provincial High People’s Court; and other judges and court officials.
With the continuation of active high-level judicial exchanges between Korea and China since 1990s, Chief Justice Yang made official visit to China upon the invitation of Chief Justice Zhou in 2013, and former Chinese Chief Justice WANG Shengjun visited Korea upon the invitation of former Korean Chief Justice LEE Yong-hoon.
Chief Justice Zhou visited the Supreme Court on June 14 and paid courtesy call on Chief Justice Yang, and had a tour of the Supreme Court IT Center. He travelled to Busan to visit Busan High Court on the 15th and came back to Seoul to visit Seoul High Court and Judicial Research and Training Institute on the 16th.
An accomplishment that made this visit even more special was the two Chief Justices’ signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea and the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China on Judicial Exchange and Cooperation when he visited the Supreme Court on June 14. The new MOU aims to further the judicial exchanges and cooperation between the two countries that have been continued based on the 2006 bilateral MOU of the two judiciaries.
It is expected that Chief Justice Zhou’s visit and conclusion of the new MOU will serve as the cornerstones to enhance the mutual understanding on the two judicial systems and to a more active high-level judicial exchanges.