Pom­peo to brief China on DPRK sum­mit

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo will brief China in Bei­jing to­day on the sum­mit be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea Kim Jong Un in Sin­ga­pore.

Pom­peo’s visit is at the in­vi­ta­tion of Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi, for­eign min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a press brief­ing yes­ter­day.

Call­ing Pom­peo’s visit “an im­por­tant high-level ex­change be­tween the two sides,” Geng ex­pressed China’s hope to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing, man­age dif­fer­ences and ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with the United States.

Geng said the meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers had im­por­tant and pos­i­tive his­toric sig­nif­i­cance.

“A good be­gin­ning is half done,” he said, adding that the meet­ing yielded pos­i­tive achieve­ments, which were im­por­tant progress in pro­mot­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula and the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment process.

“China greatly ap­pre­ci­ates the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions made by the two lead­ers, wel­comes and sup­ports the achieve­ments of the meet­ing, and ap­plauds the ef­forts made by rel­e­vant par­ties to make the meet­ing a suc­cess,” Geng said.

“Af­ter long-term hos­til­ity and con­fronta­tion be­tween the DPRK and the US, it is of im­por­tant and pos­i­tive sig­nif­i­cance for the lead­ers of the two coun­tries to sit down to­gether for talks on equal foot­ing.

“The re­sults of the DPRK-US sum­mit are a cor­rect and im­por­tant step to achieve de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, end the hos­til­ity and con­fronta­tion, and pur­sue last­ing peace and pros­per­ity of the penin­sula.

“The is­sues con­cern­ing the Korean Penin­sula are both unique and com­plex. It is hard to solve them overnight.”

Geng called on par­ties to be pa­tient and make un­remit­ting ef­forts.

He also said Trump’s pledge to stop hold­ing mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with South Korea proved once again that China’s pro­posal on the Korean Penin­sula is­sue was “rea­son­able and prac­ti­cal.”

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