Xi: Tone down rhetoric on war

Trump also told both sides must re­solve is­sue via di­a­logue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn Zhao Huanxin in Wash­ing­ton and Zhou Jin in Bei­jing con­trib­uted to this story.

The phone talk be­tween Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day has shown that the world’s two largest economies have a com­mon will to de­nu­cle­arize the Korean Penin­sula, an­a­lysts said.

The con­cerned par­ties should avoid re­marks and ac­tions that could es­ca­late ten­sions on the penin­sula, Xi told Trump, adding China is ready to work with the United States to ap­pro­pri­ately re­solve the is­sue.

The phone call was made hours af­ter Trump is­sued fresh threats of swift and force­ful re­tal­i­a­tion against Py­ongyang, warn­ing that its leader “will re­gret it fast” if he takes any ac­tion against US ter­ri­to­ries or al­lies.

Trump warned the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea on Thurs­day of “an event the likes of which no­body’s seen be­fore”, fol­low­ing Py­ongyang’s dis­clo­sure of a plan to fire mis­siles near the US ter­ri­tory of Guam.

Xi stressed that China and the US have com­mon in­ter­ests in achiev­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the Korean Penin­sula and main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity there. The con­cerned par­ties should strive to re­solve the is­sue through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion to reach a political so­lu­tion, Xi said.

The Chi­nese pres­i­dent said that Bei­jing places high value on Trump’s state visit to China later this year, urg­ing teams from both sides to make good prepa­ra­tions for the visit.

On the Korean nu­clear is­sue, Trump said the US fully un­der­stands China’s ef­forts to re­solve it, and is will­ing to con­tinue to keep close con­tact with Bei­jing on ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues of com­mon con­cern.

Ruan Zongze, ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said the phone call sig­naled that it is nec­es­sary for China and US to co­op­er­ate on the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the penin­sula

“China ex­pressed its po­si­tion at this cru­cial mo­ment, show­ing its role of be­ing a re­spon­si­ble power,” Ruan said, adding that China and the US should pro­mote political and peace­ful so­lu­tions to the nu­clear is­sue.

A mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion could es­ca­late if the cri­sis is not man­aged prop­erly, he said, adding that the planned mil­i­tary ex­er­cise be­tween US and Repub­lic of Korea next week might stim­u­late the DPRK, which will not ease ten­sions.

Both Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang should be re­strained rather than pro­voke each other to es­ca­late ten­sions and in­crease the risk of con­flict, he said.

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