Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Chung Eui-yong, national security advisor for President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea in Beijing, capital of China, March 12, 2018. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday met with Chung Eui-yong, national security advisor for the president of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Beijing.
Xi appreciated President Moon Jae-in’s sending Chung as a special envoy to brief him on his recent visits to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
"We expect a smooth DPRK-ROK summit and DPRK-US dialogue," Xi said.
The Chinese leader expressed his hope that there would be substantial progress in denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and normalization of relations between the parties concerned.
As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for
Yang Jiyechi, State Councilor, China
Chung thanked China for its leading role in helping with positive changes on the Korean Peninsula, and said the ROK is willing to have close coordination with China to maintain the current momentum on the Peninsula.
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Earlier, Chung Eui-yong briefed Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the inter-Korean talks.
During the meeting, the ROK special envoy praised the role of the Xi Jinping administration in nudging the DPRK toward denuclearization talks, following word of a possible summit between President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.
"Our President, Moon Jae-in, and the (ROK) government believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula were made with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government," Chung told Yang.
Yang said his country insists on all parties "sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation.”
"As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for," he said.
Chung announced last week that Trump had said that he would meet the DPRK leader by May "to achieve permanent denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.
Kim told the ROK delegation during talks in Pyongyang that he's "committed to denuclearization" and pledged that "North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests," said Chung.
The DPRK is also referred to as North Korea.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said last week that the offer of summit talks was at least a partial result of Beijing's call for a "dual suspension" of DPRK nuclear activities in return for a postponement of US-ROK war games.
Trump has spoken with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since Thursday's announcement, and said Xi "appreciates that the US is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going with the ominous alternative." Trump also said China "continues to be helpful!"
*With inputs from Associated Press
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