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China pins high hopes on 6-party talks
(China Daily)
Updated: 2004-02-05 00:22

China hopes the upcoming six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue will "reach some new consensus and arrangements", said Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo yesterday in Beijing.

"We hope all parties can show their full sincerity and discuss the issue with constructive attitudes," said Dai, a Chinese official involved in intensive shuttle diplomacy since the first six-party session ended last August.

He said that each party should take into consideration others' concerns while putting forth their own proposals.

The second round of talks, set for February 25 in Beijing, will be attended by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.

China, together with the other parties, hopes the talks will continue, said Dai.

He said all parties hope to record the consensus that comes out of the talks.

"What the document will be depends on the progress of the talks as well as the results of consultations and negotiations," he said.

"In terms of China's wish, we want a good joint document."

China has always insisted that the Korean Peninsula should be denuclearized to maintain peace and stability there. The country also wants problems to be settled peacefully through dialogue.

"China will continue to hold this stance," said Dai.

He said peaceful talks are the best way to resolve the Peninsula's nuclear issue, he said.

He said dialogue has put a peaceful resolution on the horizon.

"So long as all parties are sincere, adopt constructive attitudes, hold equal and patient consultations, we can gradually establish trust, narrow differences, expand consensus and find a way to the final solution of the problem," said Dai.

He emphasized that the nuclear issue in the peninsula is "very complicated" and it is not realistic to find solutions in one or two sets of talks.

"We hope that all parties and the international community can have reasonable and realistic expectations for the process," he said.

"As the date has been set, China hopes and also believes that all parties will continue positive efforts in responsible manners and create a better atmosphere and conditions for the scheduled and smooth convention of the talks,'' he said.

Dai said all parties have an "open" attitude and are willing to discuss any question raised.

Questions include how to realize the denuclearizatiion of the peninsula and how to settle security concerns, he said.

As the host country, China has held consultations with all parties at different levels, he said.

The international community hopes the talks will be continued and the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and some countries have played positive roles in pushing the process of talks, Dai noted.

The first six-party talks was held in Beijing from August 27 to 29 of last year. Participants at that time agreed to hold talks in the future to resolve the issue, sowing the seeds for the second round talks of this month.

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