During a meeting Friday with North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, Chinese President Xi Jinping was unequivocal in his view that Pyongyang must participate in denuclearization talks. But was North Korea really listening?
“China has a very clear position concerning the issue that all the parties involved should stick to the objective of denuclearization, safeguard the peace and stability on the peninsula, and resolve disputes through dialogue and consultation,” Xi stressed.
He called on all parties concerned to remain calm and with restraint, ease the situation and restart the process of the six-party talks, in a bid to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
Choe Ryong Hae conveyed greetings sent by Kim Jong Un to Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping expressed deep thanks for this and asked Choe Ryong Hae to convey his cordial greetings to Kim Jong Un…Xi Jinping expressed deep thanks once again to Kim Jong Un for dispatching Choe Ryong Hae as his special envoy and conveying his personal letter.
This was hardly the first time that China has publicly expressed its frustration with North Korea’s nuclear program. Beijing voted in favor of imposing United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang following its troublesome ally’s nuclear tests in 2009 and earlier this year. And Xi himself said in April that, “No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains.”
Although this week’s meeting between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping is still a couple days away, China’s new leader won some measure of respect simply by agreeing to a more informal, freewheeling format, White House officials said. At a private estate in California, the two leaders are expected to spend several hours of largely unscripted time together over two days. The agenda is not particularly detailed, the officials said, and the White House hopes a candid conversation will result. (via White House Likes Flexibility of China’s Xi - China Real Time Report - WSJ)