Talks high­light South China Sea is­sues

Visit yields en­cour­ag­ing progress

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton and LI XIAOKUN in Bei­jing

Non-mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the South China Sea is not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of China alone, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said on Tues­day in Wash­ing­ton, urg­ing the United States to re­frain from close-up mil­i­tary re­con­nais­sance in the re­gion.

At a joint news con­fer­ence with US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry af­ter their talk, Wang said, “China, the United States and the ASEAN coun­tries have all com­mit­ted to non-mil­i­ta­riza­tion. Non-mil­i­ta­riza­tion is not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of one party alone. It’s some­thing that we share.”

Wang is vis­it­ing the US from Tues­day to Thurs­day. The trip comes as re­cent Chi­nese mil­i­tary de­ploy­ments on some of its is­lands are mak­ing head­lines in in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

“We don’t hope to see any more close-up mil­i­tary re­con­nais­sance, or the dis­patch of mis­sile de­stroy­ers or strate­gic bombers to the South China Sea,” Wang said, an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the high-pro­file US pres­ence there.

In Bei­jing, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun-ying urged the me­dia on Wed­nes­day not to “se­lec­tively pump up or ig­nore things” when re­port­ing on the is­sue.

“When you pay at­ten­tion to what China is de­ploy­ing, do you also pay at­ten­tion to other

coun­tri­escoun­tries that that have have over over­the the years, years,on Chi­ne­seon Chi­ne­seis­lands is­land­s­they they have have oc­cu­pied, oc­cu­pied, de­ployed­de­ployed many many radars radars and and ad­vancedad­vanced weaponry?”weaponry?” she she said said at at a a dai­lynews­brief­ing.daily news briefing. Wang’s Wang’s visit visit also also brought­brought en­cour­agin­gen­cour­ag­ing progress. progress.He He and and Kerry Kerry sig­naled sig­nale­don Tues­day on Tues­day that thatan an agree­ment agree­men­tis is ex­pected ex­pected soon soonon aUNres­o­lu­tionon a UN res­o­lu­tion con­cern­ing con­cern­ingthe Demo­cratic the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic Repub­li­cof Korea’sof Korea’sJan 6 Jan nu­clear6 nu­cle­art­est test and and Feb Feb7 rocket7 rocket launch. launch.

Both­Both Bei­jingBei­jing and and Wash­ing­ton Wash­ing­ton “do“do not not rec­og­nize rec­og­nize the the DPRK DPRK as as a a nu­clear nu­clear weapon weapon state”,state”, Wang Wang said,said, addin­gadding thatthat the the res­o­lu­tion,res­o­lu­tion, when when passed, passed, will­will ef­fec­tively ef­fec­tively limit limit DPRK’sfur­ther nu­clear progress pro­gram.of the DPRK’sHe and nu­clear Kerry pro­gram.agreed that the He goal and Ker­ryis to go agreed back that to ne­go­ti­a­tions.the goal is to Wanggo back talkedto about ne­go­ti­a­tions. China’s new Wang ba­sic talked pro­posal about of China’s pur­su­ing, new on par­al­lel­ba­sic pro­posal tracks, of the pur­su­ing, de­nu­cle­ariza­tionon par­al­lelof the tracks, Korean the Penin­su­lade­nu­cle­ariza­tion and the re­place­mentof theKorean of Penin­sula the Korean and armisticethe re­place­men­twith a of the Korean armistice peace agree­ment. with a peace agree­ment.

Wang said he and Kerry feel that the sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula needs to be mon­i­tored very closely in the next two months.

SU­SAN WALSH / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi and US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry give a joint news con­fer­ence at the State Depart­ment in Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day.

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