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China Supports Korean Peninsula Peace Settlement

Posted November. 21, 2007 03:08,   


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Tuesday, “As one of the nations involved in the armistice treaty of Korean War, we will actively participate in negotiating the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”

At the 8th South Korea-China-Japan summit held in Singapore yesterday, Wen said, “China supports negotiations on the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula,” according to presidential spokesman Cheon Ho-seon.

Political pundits believe that the Chinese leader’s remarks indicate his willingness to support the four-party summit talks that President Roh Moo-hyun has been seeking with the aim of declaring an end to the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The trilateral summit was held on the sidelines of the ASEAN+3 between South Korean President Roh, Chinese Premier Wen and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. The three leaders said that circumstances surrounding the Korean Peninsula have improved with the help of the inter-Korean summit held last month and joint efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem.

The three leaders also reached an agreement in principle on holding another trilateral summit on the sidelines of the ASEAN+3 conference at an appropriate time in the future in order to broaden the scope of multilateral cooperation.

Prior to the summit, President Roh had a bilateral talk with his counterpart Wen. The two leaders said that they share the belief that close consultations between the two countries are necessary to aid the process of establishing a peace regime on the peninsula.