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Fingerpointing not helpful for Korean tension: China

12-15-2010 08:33 BJT Special Report:Tension soars on Korean peninsula |

China hoped that all parties concerned should work together to stabilize the situation in the Korean Peninsula rather than finger-pointing, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Beijing Tuesday.

"It not only is in the common interests of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK), but also accords with the interests of all countries in the region," Spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing.

Jiang made the remarks when asked about Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo's visit to the DPRK from Dec. 8 to 9.

In Pyongyang, Dai met with Kim Jong Il, top leader of the DPRK, exchanging views with him on bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK and the ROK exchanged artillery fire on Nov. 23.

Amid the international community's repeated calls for restraint and calm, the United States held separate large-scale naval drills with the ROK and Japan in waters near the peninsula.

Jiang said Dai's visit was an important part of China's diplomatic efforts for easing tensions and safeguarding the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

The two sides agreed to push forward the process of six-party talks and work with other parties concerned to fully implement the commitments made in the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the fourth round of the six-party talks, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, normalization of relations and establishment of a permanent peace regime in Northeast Asia.

Launched in 2003 but stalled since the end of 2008, the six-party talks involve China, Russia, the United States, Japan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK).


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