Hill visits Beijing to push for nuke talks
By Xiao Qin (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-01-13 05:48
Christopher Hill: Getting all parties
Vice-Foreign Minister Wu Dawei met his US counterpart Christopher Hill
yesterday afternoon in Beijing and once again called on all the involved parties
to make joint efforts to resolve the six-party nuclear talks.
Hill, the chief US negotiator on the issue, was in Beijing for several hours
to discuss ways to push talks forward after stopovers in Seoul and Tokyo.
During the talks, Wu reiterated China's longstanding position on the nuclear
issue, which is the adherence to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and a peaceful
solution through dialogues.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan told reporters in yesterday's press
conference that China hoped all parties would continue to work closely together.
"All parties must show goodwill and sincerity to push forward developments,"
On his arrival in China, Hill told reporters in the airport that the date for
the resumption of the negotiations would be a major theme of the discussions and
Washington remains committed to the six-party process.
"We need all six parties to agree on a date, so I'm looking forward to
hearing from my Chinese colleagues how they're doing in getting all the parties
together," Hill was quoted as saying.
Hill left Beijing on the same day and will continue his Asian tour to Viet
Nam, Malaysia and Cambodia.
The fifth round of talks aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear programme which
also involves Beijing, Washington, Seoul, Moscow and Tokyo concluded without an
agreement on November 11 in Beijing.
(China Daily 01/13/2006 page2)