SPE­CIAL EN­VOY FOR KOREAN PENIN­SULA IS­SUE Kong Xuanyou,

Beijing Review - - This Week People & Points -

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, has been ap­pointed spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment on Korean Penin­sula af­fairs.

Kong, 58, has served in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs for 32 years. In 2015, he was ap­pointed as­sis­tant min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs in charge of Asia, treaty and law, bound­ary and ocean af­fairs, and con­sular af­fairs.

Ob­servers be­lieve that Kong is the most suit­able per­son to take the po­si­tion of spe­cial en­voy as he is very fa­mil­iar with East Asian af­fairs and has pre­cise in­sight into the Korean Penin­sula is­sue.

Kong is also China’s sec­ond such spe­cial en­voy. Kong’s pre­de­ces­sor, Wu Dawei, held the post for seven years from 2010.

A For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son said on Au­gust 14 at a press brief­ing that Kong’s ap­point­ment has no re­la­tion to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. China’s stance and pol­icy on the Korean Penin­sula is­sue has al­ways been con­sis­tent, and it makes ef­forts to fa­cil­i­tate early re­sump­tion of talks and proper set­tle­ment of the is­sue.

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