Key con­sen­suses lift DPRK ties

Kim’s visit helps to reach so­lu­tions for penin­sula is­sue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE and MO JINGXI

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, reached im­por­tant con­sen­suses af­ter hold­ing talks on Tuesday and Wednesday dur­ing Kim’s fourth trip to China in less than a year.

An­a­lysts said that the DPRK leader’s fre­quent vis­its to China showed that the bi­lat­eral ties, based on the com­mon in­ter­ests of both coun­tries, are be­ing en­hanced con­tin­u­ously.

The two sides agreed to make joint ef­forts to push for devel­op­ment of China-DPRK re­la­tions in the new era, ad­vance the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment process of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue, bring more ben­e­fits to peo­ple of both sides and con­trib­ute to the peace, sta­bil­ity, pros­per­ity and devel­op­ment of the re­gion and the world.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said that with the con­certed ef­forts of both na­tions, Chi­naDPRK re­la­tions opened a his­toric new chap­ter last year, and they have dis­played the res­o­lute de­ter­mi­na­tion to jointly ad­vance the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the penin­sula is­sue.

Xi said he is will­ing to work with Kim to “make sound ef­forts to guide the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the China-DPRK re­la­tion­ship”.

The two na­tions should main­tain high-level ex­changes, strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, deepen friendly ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote the long-term, healthy and sta­ble devel­op­ment of Chi­naDPRK re­la­tions, Xi said.

Kim said he was grate­ful to Xi for tak­ing time from a busy sched­ule at the be­gin­ning of the year to re­ceive the DPRK del­e­ga­tion.

“Un­der the ut­most care of Com­rade Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, DPRK-China re­la­tions last year were el­e­vated to a new height and a new chap­ter was writ­ten,” Kim said.

On the sit­u­a­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, Xi spoke highly of the pos­i­tive mea­sures taken by the DPRK to pro­mote de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the penin­sula.

Ma­jor progress was made in the process of a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the Korean Penin­sula is­sue last year with joint ef­forts of China, the DPRK and rel­e­vant par­ties, Xi said.

China sup­ports the DPRK’s con­tin­ued ad­her­ence to the di­rec­tion of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the penin­sula and the con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of in­ter-Korean re­la­tions, Xi said. It also sup­ports the DPRK and the United States hold­ing sum­mits and achiev­ing re­sults as well as rel­e­vant par­ties re­solv­ing their re­spec­tive le­git­i­mate con­cerns through di­a­logue, he said.

China hopes that the DPRK and the United States will meet each other half­way, Xi said.

Kim said the Korean Penin­sula sit­u­a­tion has been eas­ing since last year, and China’s im­por­tant role in the process is ob­vi­ous to all.

The DPRK will con­tinue stick­ing to the stance of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and re­solv­ing the Korean Penin­sula is­sue through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion, and make ef­forts for the sec­ond sum­mit be­tween DPRK and US lead­ers to achieve re­sults that will be wel­comed by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Kim said.

Xi said China firmly sup­ports the DPRK in im­ple­ment­ing the coun­try’s new strate­gic line and fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing its econ­omy and im­prov­ing its peo­ple’s well-be­ing.

Kim said the DPRK con­sid­ers China’s devel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence most valu­able and hopes for more trips to China for study and ex­changes.

Be­fore the talks, Xi held a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for Kim at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple on Tuesday. Af­ter the talks, Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, hosted a ban­quet for Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, and they watched an artis­tic per­for­mance to­gether.

On Wednesday morn­ing, Xi met with Kim at the Bei­jing Ho­tel. Xi spoke pos­i­tively of the sig­nif­i­cance of Kim’s visit. China is will­ing to make joint ef­forts with the DPRK to safe­guard, con­sol­i­date and de­velop re­la­tions be­tween the two par­ties and two coun­tries, Xi said.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Xi and his wife held a lun­cheon for Kim and his wife.

On Wednesday, Kim also vis­ited a Tong Ren Tang phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal plant in Yizhuang, Bei­jing, where he in­spected pro­cess­ing and pro­duc­tion lines for tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine that use tra­di­tional and mod­ern tech­niques.

The lat­est sum­mit talks be­tween the top lead­ers of China and the DPRK are an­tic­i­pated to play “a very pos­i­tive role” in the suc­cess of the sec­ond sum­mit be­tween Kim and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, ac­cord­ing to Repub­lic of Korea Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in.

“China has played a pos­i­tive role in very much help­ing the Korean Penin­sula’s de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and the im­prove­ment of in­ter-Korean re­la­tions,” Moon said in a news con­fer­ence on Thursday.

Li Haidong, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity, said that China and the DPRK have sent a clear sig­nal of con­sol­i­dat­ing their tra­di­tional friend­ship dur­ing Kim’s visit.

The two coun­tries have an ur­gent need to con­duct deep ex­changes and close co­or­di­na­tion on is­sues of mu­tual con­cern, Li said.

China’s con­struc­tive role in push­ing the di­a­logue of all rel­e­vant par­ties over the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue is ir­re­place­able given that it has ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tions with all rel­e­vant na­tions, in­clud­ing the US, Rus­sia, the DPRK, the ROK and Ja­pan, he said.

Ruan Zongze, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said that the fre­quent China-DPRK high-level ex­changes are of great im­por­tance to bi­lat­eral ties as well as re­gional sta­bil­ity.

Ruan ex­pressed op­ti­mism to­ward the devel­op­ment of the Korean Penin­sula sit­u­a­tion given that the sec­ond Kim-Trump meet­ing is be­ing pre­pared, and both the DPRK and the ROK have lots of mo­tives to im­prove re­la­tions.

LI XUEREN / XINHUA

Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and pres­i­dent, and his wife, Peng Liyuan, greet Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, in Bei­jing on Tuesday.

XIE HUANCHI / XINHUA

Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, vis­its a Tong Ren Tang Co tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine plant in Bei­jing on Wednesday, where he in­spected pro­cess­ing and pro­duc­tion lines.

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