Chief negotiators from China, North Korea and the United States
met in Beijing on Tuesday to discuss resuming the six-party talks
concerning the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular press conference in Beijing on
the same day.
China's chief negotiator, Wu Dawei, his North Korean counterpart
Kim Kye-gwan and US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill
held bilateral and trilateral meetings.
The negotiators are gathering to try and set a date and prepare for
the resumption of the talks. However, the exact date for the
resumption remained undecided, Jiang said.
Japanese chief negotiator Kenichiro Sasae and South Korean top
negotiator Chun Yung-woo arrived in Beijing on Sunday evening and
Monday morning. Jiang added no information was forthcoming as to
whether the top Russian negotiator would come.
Wu, who is also Vice Foreign Minister, on Monday met with
negotiators of Japan and South Korea.
A spokesman of the US embassy in Beijing also confirmed Hill had
met Wu and his South Korean counterpart Chun Yung Woo on Tuesday
Hill told reporters at Beijing Capital International Airport upon
arrival that the US side was "prepared to meet with North Korean
Last week, Hill came to Beijing and met with Wu Dawei at which time
both men agreed to make joint efforts to restart the talks.
Late Tuesday evening, Hill and Kim did not speak to the media as
they separately left the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse where the
meetings were held.
Officials have yet to set a date for the next round of
negotiations; and Kim said the timing would depend on the United
States. There are too many outstanding issues and both parties
should narrow their differences, Kim told reporters on arrival at
"I said on October 31 that we could enter the talks at any time,"
he said. "I said that since we able to do this from a dignified
position as we have taken defensive measures through our nuclear
test to counter sanctions and pressure against us."
An unannounced meeting between Hill and Kim last month in Beijing
led to Pyongyang agreeing to return to the arms negotiations amidst
heightened tensions following its October 9 nuclear test.
The six-party talks, involving China, North Korea, the United
States, South Korea, Russia and Japan, are aimed at finding a
solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
Jiang called upon all parties to adopt a "flexible and pragmatic
approach" and work toward early resumption of the talks amidst
concerted efforts towards progress.
"China will continuously consult with other parties to create
favorable conditions for the full implementation of the joint
statement," Jiang said.
Jiang also reiterated China's consistent and firm position on
the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, saying Beijing resolutely
opposes proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Commenting on the African Union summit's upcoming discussions on
Darfur, Jiang said the developments in Darfur are at a critical
China appreciated the diplomatic efforts from all parties
concerned, and hoped candid communication in a steady and pragmatic
manner would lead to consensus, Jiang said.
She also voiced her hope that all parties will maintain the
momentum of dialogue, respecting all views involved, thus leading
to a settlement at an early date, in order to bring peace and
stability to the region.
Six northeastern African leaders, including Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir, held a six-way summit last Tuesday in the Libyan
capital of Tripoli, calling for peaceful settlement of regional
issues including the strife in Sudan's western Darfur region.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart George W. Bush
on Monday held a phone conversation, discussing among other
subjects the Darfur issue.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Al-Bashir again refused to allow
international peacekeepers into Darfur, saying their deployment
would lead to re-colonization of the country.
On the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), Jiang said "As a friend of the DRC, we feel happy to see a
successful presidential election which marks a key progress toward
peace in the DRC."
Chinese President Hu Jintao has sent a message to his DRC
counterpart Joseph Kabila congratulating him on his victory in the
presidential election, according to the spokeswoman.
"We believe the DRC government and people will continuously make
progress in maintaining long-term social stability and prosperity
under the leadership of President Kabila", Jiang said.
The DRC Supreme Court rejected Monday a challenge posed by
Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba on the presidential election
result and confirmed that incumbent President Joseph Kabila was the
winner of the Oct. 29 run-off.
Referring to the Ecuadorian presidential election, Jiang said
that China believes the new government of Ecuador can realize a
"We have noticed the second-round of presidential race in
Ecuador and we believe the state power of Ecuador can lead its
people to make progress in maintaining national interests and
promoting economic and social development." Jiang said.
The second-round presidential vote ended last Sunday. The
left-wing presidential candidate Rafael Correa stormed ahead of his
right-wing rival with 68.28 percent of the vote. The winner will
take office on Jan. 15, as the 44th president of Ecuador.
Also on Tuesday, Jiang said that China welcomes the mutual
ceasefire by Israel and Palestine in Gaza.
"The announcement marks a positive step in easing the tension of
this region." We hope the two sides can seize the opportunity and
resume peace talks at an early date."
According to the announcement, Israel shall cease hostilities on
Sunday morning and pull out from Gaza, while the Palestinians shall
prevent missile attacks at the Israeli territory.
On state visit, President of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos will pay
a state visit to China from Dec. 4 to 8 at the invitation of
Chinese President Hu Jintao, Jiang announced.
(Xinhua News Agency China Daily November 29,