Xi hopes US, DPRK meet half­way to ad­vance peace

Pres­i­dent says ties with Py­ongyang will re­main strong

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By XU WEI [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Fri­day that he hopes Py­ongyang and Wash­ing­ton will meet each other half­way and ac­com­mo­date each other’s le­git­i­mate con­cerns so there can be con­tin­u­ous progress in penin­sula peace talks.

He made the re­mark while meet­ing with Ri Yong-ho, for­eign min­is­ter of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing.

This year the sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula has seen some pos­i­tive changes, and the is­sue has re­turned to the right track of po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment, Xi said.

He said China will, as al­ways, sup­port the DPRK and the Repub­lic of Korea in im­prov­ing their re­la­tions and push for­ward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and co­op­er­a­tion.

He called for con­tin­u­ous and closer com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the for­eign min­istries of Bei­jing and Py­ongyang to pro­mote bi­lat­eral ties and a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment on the penin­sula.

Xi urged the two na­tions to host events cel­e­brat­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of their diplo­matic ties next year to pro­mote the long-term healthy and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment of their re­la­tions.

Xi said the Com­mu­nist Party of China and the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment at­tach great im­por­tance to re­la­tions with the DPRK, which is an un­wa­ver­ing pol­icy.

He noted that DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un made three vis­its to China this year, and he said he is very pleased to see that the con­sen­suses reached by the two na­tions have been im­ple­mented.

He added that China sup­ports ef­forts of the peo­ple of the DPRK, un­der the lead­er­ship of Kim, chair­man of the Work­ers’ Party of Korea and chair­man of the State Af­fairs Com­mis­sion of the DPRK, to ex­plore a path suit­ing its na­tional con­di­tions.

Ri said the three meet­ings be­tween Xi and Kim this year have charted the course for el­e­vat­ing the na­tions’ tra­di­tional friend­ship for the new era.

He said the DPRK will stay com­mit­ted to the penin­sula’s de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and is will­ing to main­tain close com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with China over the peace and sta­bil­ity of the penin­sula and the re­gion.

Ri’s three-day China visit, start­ing on Thurs­day, came af­ter a meet­ing be­tween Xi and his US coun­ter­part, Don­ald Trump, dur­ing a work­ing din­ner af­ter the G20 Lead­ers’ Sum­mit in Ar­gentina.

Xi told Trump that China sup­ports a se­cond meet­ing with Kim, and Bei­jing hopes Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang will ad­vance the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion process and es­tab­lish­ment of a peace mech­a­nism.

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping greets Ri Yong-ho, for­eign min­is­ter of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

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