China willing to play a positive role to seek North Korea resolution

Vastavam web: China is willing to continue playing a positive role to seek a political resolution for the Korean peninsula, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told North Korea’s foreign minister as diplomatic efforts gather pace.China is North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite Beijing’s anger at Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests and support for strong United Nations sanctions against the North.

However, China has also welcomed moves by North Korea to improve ties with South Korea and the United States.The North surprised the world several days before that summit by declaring it would dismantle its nuclear test site to “transparently guarantee” its dramatic commitment to stop all nuclear and missile tests.In a statement late on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry cited Wang as offering North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho his congratulations for the successful meeting between the leaders of the North and South.

“We hope the dialogue between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States will be conducted successfully and that substantial progress will be made,” he said, referring to an upcoming meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.China also fully supports a resolution of North Korea’s “reasonable and legitimate security concerns” and gives its full support for the improvement of inter-Korean relations, Wang said.China had largely sat on the sidelines while the two Koreas improved ties, until Kim made a secretive trip to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March.

Beijing has been keen to show that it has an indispensable role to play in seeking a lasting solution, concerned that its interests may be ignored, especially as Pyongyang and Washington edge closer together.China prefers quieter diplomacy, it said, pointing to the secrecy surrounding Kim’s meeting with Xi.