Cher­ish Korea peace, Wang tells all sides

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi @chi­nadaily.com.cn

Mea­sures adopted by Py­ongyang re­cently de­serve en­dorse­ment, and the par­ties con­cerned, par­tic­u­larly Wash­ing­ton, should cher­ish the ris­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peace, State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi has said.

He made the re­marks when asked by me­dia in Paris on Wed­nes­day about the cur­rent Korean Penin­sula sit­u­a­tion, and he added that re­lief from the tense sit­u­a­tion was “hard won”.

Fears over the sit­u­a­tion have been ris­ing after the re­cent US-Repub­lic of Korea joint mil­i­tary drill “2018 Max Thun­der” an­gered Py­ongyang, which said on Wed­nes­day it would have to re­con­sider the planned US-Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore.

In re­sponse, Wang called on all par­ties con­cerned to work as pro­mot­ers of peace, not the con­trary.

He warned that China does not ex­pect the re­oc­cur­rence of a sce­nario in which one side shows flex­i­bil­ity while the other side dis­plays greater tough­ness, not­ing that there have been lessons in the past.

Re­cently, Py­ongyang an­nounced its plan to halt nu­clear and in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal mis­sile tests, and that it would dis­man­tle its Pung­gye-ri nu­clear test ground be­tween May 23 and 25.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thurs­day that Py­ongyang’s re­cent ef­forts show its good­will and sin­cer­ity, and China be­lieves con­cerns of all par­ties — in­clud­ing those rea­son­able ones of the DPRK — should be ad­dressed in a bal­anced ap­proach.

Wang Yi is on a trip to France, Spain, Por­tu­gal and Ar­gentina that be­gan on

Wed­nes­day and will end on Thurs­day.

Meet­ing with French Pres­i­dent Emanuel Macron on Wed­nes­day, Wang re­layed greet­ings from Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and said his trip aims to bring to life the con­sen­sus reached by the two lead­ers.

Macron said Paris praises Bei­jing’s key role in af­fairs such as reach­ing the cli­mate change ac­cord at the Paris Con­fer­ence and push­ing for a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue. France is ready to boost bi­lat­eral con­tacts and co­op­er­a­tion and cham­pion mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, he said.

China will work with France to ad­vance mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, cham­pion the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem and the norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, and jointly send sig­nals on se­cur­ing world peace and sta­bil­ity, Wang told Macron.

After Wang met with French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wed­nes­day, they jointly met re­porters. Wang said the China-led Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive echoes the era’s need for glob­al­iza­tion and it sub­stan­tially ben­e­fits the peo­ple in coun­tries in­volved.

China and France could fur­ther work on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and ex­pand their co­op­er­a­tion in third-party mar­kets, Wang added.

XIN­HUA

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi meets with French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron at the El­y­see Palace in Paris on Wed­nes­day. They dis­cussed the Korean Penin­sula, mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and cli­mate change.

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