Xi, Macron ex­change views on Korean de­nu­cle­ariza­tion

China sup­ports need for di­a­logue, ne­go­ti­a­tions

Global Times - Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Fri­day held a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with his French coun­ter­part Em­manuel Macron on the Korean Penin­sula is­sue, stress­ing China’s in­sis­tence that the penin­sula be de­nu­cle­arized.

Xi said China has been adamant in de­nu­cle­ariz­ing the Korean Penin­sula, pre­serv­ing the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion regime, and main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in North­east Asia.

Only a peace­ful set­tle­ment through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion can re­solve the nu­clear is­sue, Xi said, ex­press­ing hope that France, as a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, would play a con­struc­tive role in eas­ing the sit­u­a­tion and restart­ing di­a­logue.

Macron said his coun­try has been com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity on the Korean Penin­sula. France at­taches im­por­tance to China’s peace­ful ap­proach to solv­ing the is­sue, he said.

Macron said he is will­ing to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with China to push for a proper set­tle­ment of the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue.

On China-France re­la­tions, Xi said that dur­ing his first meet­ing with Macron in Ham­burg, Ger­many in July, they reached an im­por­tant con­sen­sus on de­vel­op­ing a strong and en­er­getic com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

Both sides should con­tinue to de­velop closer co­op­er­a­tion on the ba­sis of re­spect­ing each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns to re­al­ize mu­tual ben­e­fits, he said, adding that the China-France re­la­tion­ship should de­velop in a sus­tain­able, healthy and steady man­ner.

Macron con­grat­u­lated China on the suc­cess­ful BRICS Sum­mit in Xi­a­men. He said France and China are com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ners, and un­der the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional cir­cum­stance, bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion to deal with global chal­lenges is more im­por­tant than be­fore.

France is ded­i­cated to deep­en­ing France-China ties, and strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion with China in ar­eas such as econ­omy, nu­clear en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment, Macron said.

Xi also dis­cussed North Korea in calls with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, both head of state of a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, ear­lier this week.

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