Xi expects smooth DPRK-ROK summit, DPRK-U.S. dialogue
BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met Monday with Chung Eui-yong, top national security advisor for the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in, in Beijing.
Xi expressed appreciation toward President Moon for sending Chung as a special envoy to brief him on Chung’s recent visits to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
“We expect a smooth DPRK-ROK summit and DPRK-U.S. dialogue,” Xi said, expressing his hope that there will be substantial progress in denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and normalization of relations between the parties.
Chung thanked China for its important leading role in helping with positive changes on the Korean Peninsula, and said the ROK is willing to coordinate closely with China to maintain the current momentum on the Peninsula.
As a close neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, China always supports the ROK and the DPRK in improving ties and promoting reconciliation and cooperation, Xi said.
China also supports the United States and the DPRK to begin dialogue and resolve their concerns through negotiation, Xi said.
He pointed out that China remains persistent in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula.
At present, the situation on the Korean Peninsula faces an important opportunity for easing tension and dialogue, Xi said, noting that China spoke highly of the ROK’s efforts and is willing to work with the international community to promote the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue, combining China’s “dual-track approach” with helpful proposals from all sides.
Xi called on all sides to be patient and cautious, and exercise their political wisdom to properly deal with various issues and disturbances in resuming negotiations.
As long as all parties can focus on the fundamental goal of denuclearization, peace and stability, the Korean Peninsula will finally usher in the spring, when ice will thaw and flowers will boom, Xi said.