Park Geun-hye is the daughter of South Korea's former dictator, the late president Park Chung-hee. On December 19, 2012, Park - a Conservative - narrowly won the election to make history as South Korea's first female president. Born on February 2, 1952, she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP) between 2004 and 2006 and between 2011 and 2012 (the GNP changed its name to Saenuri Party in February 2012). Park has already served as South Korea's first lady, after her mother was killed in the 1970s.
China must start journey of trust with us, says South Korean leader Park Geun-hye
China and South Korea should begin "a journey of trust" that opens up the next 20 years after two decades of economic success, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said yesterday.
The two nations should build a more mature and substantial partnership, Park told 500 students at Tsinghua University in Shanghai - Chinese president Xi Jinping's alma mater - on the third day of her of her visit.
"I intend to pursue dialogue and co-operation in a more forward-moving way based on the deep trust forged with President Xi through the summit," she said.
On Thursday, they pledged to work closely to free the Korean peninsula from nuclear arms, which were held only by the North.
"Beyond the successful Korea-China relations over the past 20 years, I intend to begin a journey of trust that opens up a new 20 years," said the leader, who began her 20-minute speech with some remarks in Chinese.
Park said she was ready to help North Korea revive its economy if Pyongyang gave up its nuclear weapons programme.
She said a peaceful Korean peninsula would also benefit Chinese provinces sharing a border with North Korea.
Before her university visit, Park used a meeting with Vice-Premier Liu Yandong to offer the return of the remains of hundreds of Chinese troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean war, Yonhap said.
Park also flew to Xian in Shaanxi province to meet provincial leaders and visit major South Korean investment projects, including a US$7 billion Samsung Electronics chipmaking complex.