Xi in­sists on peace­ful res­o­lu­tion

ROK's pres­i­dent praises China's han­dling of DPRK nu­clear is­sue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Ber­lin an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Thurs­day that China con­tin­ues to sup­port the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula and seeks to re­solve the is­sue through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion.

Xi made the re­mark in his first meet­ing with Repub­lic of Korea Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in in Ber­lin. Both pres­i­dents will travel to Ham­burg to at­tend the G20 Sum­mit on Friday and Satur­day.

Xi said China in­sists on main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity on the penin­sula, and said all sides should strictly abide by UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.

China sup­ports the new ROK govern­ment’s pos­i­tive ef­forts to­ward restart­ing talks with the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea to im­prove re­la­tions, he said, adding that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should make joint ef­forts to play a pos­i­tive role in eas­ing the cur­rent ten­sion.

Moon spoke highly of China’s han­dling of the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue, say­ing the ROK hopes to en­hance co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion with China to achieve de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and safe­guard the re­gion’s peace and sta­bil­ity.

Xi also called on the ROK to at­tach im­por­tance to China’s con­cerns and prop­erly han­dle rel­e­vant is­sues. The China-ROK re­la­tion­ship has run into un­wel­come dif­fi­cul­ties re­cently, he said.

China has re­peat­edly ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to the US de­ploy­ment of the Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fense sys­tem in the ROK, say­ing it gravely harms the strate­gic se­cu­rity in­ter­ests of China, Rus­sia and other coun­tries in the re­gion.

China has not changed its stance ded­i­cated to the devel­op­ment of China-ROK re­la­tions, Xi said, adding that the two coun­tries should have a long-term per­spec­tive and re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns. He called on the ROK to sweep away the ob­sta­cles hin­der­ing the im­prove­ment of ties.

China would like to seize the op­por­tu­nity brought by the 25 th an­niver­sary of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic re­la­tions to re­view the ex­pe­ri­ences and lessons of the past quar­ter­century and put the re­la­tion­ship back on the right track

of healthy and sta­ble devel­op­ment, Xi said.

Dur­ing the talks, Xi men­tioned his tele­phone call with Moon in May im­me­di­ately af­ter Moon won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. They ex­changed views on is­sues of com­mon con­cern in a can­did man­ner through the phone call, he re­called.

Xi said he ap­pre­ci­ated Moon’s send­ing Lee Hae-chan as a spe­cial en­voy to China in May to ex­press the ROK’s will­ing­ness to im­prove and de­velop re­la­tions. He also noted that Moon sent a govern­ment del­e­ga­tion to at­tend the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion held in Bei­jing in May.

Moon said he fully un­der­stands China’s con­cerns, and is will­ing to have in­ten­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“The two coun­tries have had good in­ter­ac­tions since I be­came pres­i­dent,” he said, adding that China and the ROK, with their long his­tory of ex­changes and wide com­mon in­ter­ests, have be­come im­por­tant part­ners.

Ruan Zongze, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, called the first meet­ing be­tween the two heads of state “very im­por- tant and ti mely ”, as the Korean Penin­sula’s sit­u­a­tion has seen new de­vel­op­ments with the lat­est mis­sile launch by the DPRK.

The meet­ing showed that both sides have reached “ba­sic con­sen­sus” over how to solve the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue, which is through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion, Ruan said.

It also showed that “both sides hope to im­prove Chi­naROK ties and step out of the im­passe”, he said, adding that the key to im­prov­ing ties is in the hands of the ROK.

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