Vice-Foreign Minister WangYi said here Tuesday that China
maintains that the Korean Peninsula should be nuclear-free,
and meanwhile the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(DPRK)'s security concern should also be solved.
Wang, head of the Chinese
delegation to the six-party talks on the Korean nuclear
issue, due to begin Wednesday, made the remark in an
interview with Chinese mainstream media.
He noted that only through
dialogue and talks can the peninsula's peace and stability
Peninsula and China are connected by mountains and rivers,
and whether its stability can be maintained concerns the
fundamental interests of the north and the south, and
directly affects the peaceful environment surrounding China,
and affects peace and tranquillity of the northeastern Asia
and the Asia-Pacific region at large, Wang said.
Consequently, Wang noted,
China has always taken safeguarding peace and stability of
the peninsula as the starting point for tackling the
peninsula issue, and so does it on the nuclear issue.
Wang said that last October
when the Korean nuclear tension intensified again, then
Chinese President Jiang Zemin, while meeting with US
President George W. Bush at the Crawford Ranch, Texas,
clearly stated China's stance of peacefully resolving the
He added that the
stance represents China's consistent position, serves the
fundamental interests of all parties, and has been welcomed
by the international community and become the common
consensus for resolving the issue at present. Enditem