Monday, 24 September, 2018

China seeks early US-N. Korea talks

China Vows 'Necessary Measures' in Event of Trade War with US China advises US-North Korea to initiate denuclearisation talks
| 11 March, 2018, 03:04

Wang further highlighted the impact of dialogue in easing out the tensions between the DPRK and the Republic of Korea during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

On Tuesday, the South Korean government announced President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet.

"China's suspension-for-suspension proposal has proven to be a right prescription for the problem in creating the basic conditions needed for improving inter-Korea relations" Wang said.

On March 8, as The Diplomat has already noted, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held his yearly press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress.

But foreign ministry officials have cautioned it is too early to assume the talks will bring a lasting breakthrough on the central issue - nuclear weapons.

China "fully commends and supports" the steps taken by the two countries and urges the US and North Korea, "to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later" and move to set up a peace-establishing mechanism, Yi said.

The US, which only this week increased its sanctions on Pyongyang over the death of Mr Kim's brother Kim jong-nam, has said it is open to talking to North Korea, but only if it commits to denuclearisation.


U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that Washington will impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, apparently targeting the world's second-biggest economy.

"Everything will operate in the sunshine", Wang said.

Wang, meanwhile, expressed satisfaction with improvements in relations between China and Japan, saying Beijing welcomes Tokyo's recent "positive policy" toward China.

The dispute escalated particularly after the Japanese government led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda effectively put them under state control in September 2012.

Xi has visited 57 countries and received a more than 110 foreign heads of state, Wang said, citing Xi's "leadership and charisma".

French President Emmanuel Macron visited China in January and said that the initiative can not be "one-way".

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