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Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou Attends the 5th Forum of Northeast Asian Peace and Development

2018/12/06

On December 1, 2018, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou attended and addressed the 5th Forum of Northeast Asian Peace and development in Shanghai.

Kong Xuanyou expressed that since the beginning of this year, there have been major positive changes of the situation in Northeast Asia, showing a momentum of peace. With the obvious trend towards relaxation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, all parties have conducted a new round of active interaction, and the Korean Peninsula is facing a significant historic opportunity in its process of political settlement. Major countries have enjoyed sound interaction, and all countries have maintained frequent high-level exchanges with increasingly enhanced political mutual trust and steady advance of practical cooperation in various fields including economy, trade as well as people-to-people and cultural engagement. Along with regional cooperation rejuvenating with vitality, the meeting among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) has been restarted after a lapse of two years. The negotiation on China-Japan-ROK free trade area is expected to be accelerated, and the cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative has taken a step forward.

Kong Xuanyou stressed that as the development of Northeast Asia is at a critical juncture, all parties should seize important opportunity of the peace on the Korean Peninsula, firmly grasp the right direction, take measures to meet each other halfway, continuously promote the process of the denuclearization, and avoid taking actions that may result in a relapse or tension. We should also steadfastly advance the replacement of the armistice with a peace agreement. Only when the denuclearization and the establishment of a peace mechanism are moving forward together can the Korean Peninsula become a land of hope and sunshine where peace is earnestly guaranteed. We should continue to well utilize the six-party talks which will still be an indispensable multilateral platform in the future.

Kong Xuanyou noted that we should increase political mutual trust, and realize the consensus of regarding each other as cooperative partners rather than threats and of supporting each other's peaceful development with practical actions. We should cherish the momentum of improving and developing relations among countries in the region, properly solve sensitive issues, and promote the development featuring win-win cooperation. The Chinese side is willing to enhance the integration of the Belt and Road Initiative and development strategies of Northeast Asian countries, elevate regional connectivity, vigorously boost China-Japan-ROK and China-Mongolia-Russia trilateral cooperation and sub-regional cooperation, and strive to build a Northeast Asian economic circle. We should promote exchanges featuring inclusiveness and mutual learning, especially cooperation in such fields as culture, tourism, education and youth, increase mutual understanding and friendship between the people, and cultivate and build the awareness of a community with a shared future.

Kong Xuanyou pointed out that facing the severe challenges of unilateralism and protectionism, Northeast Asian countries should strengthen cooperation. It is necessary for us to make a clear voice to oppose protectionism in any forms, safeguard rules-based multilateral trading system, and lead economic globalization to develop toward a more open, inclusive, universally beneficial, balanced, and win-win direction.

In the end, Kong Xuanyou stressed that China will unswervingly continue to deepen reform in a comprehensive manner, and staunchly continue to open wider. A more open and developing China means more and greater opportunities. The Chinese side is willing to work with all countries around the world including those in Northeast Asia to reinforce cooperation, and share the development opportunities brought by China to jointly create a beautiful future.

More than 60 government officials, experts and scholars from China, the United States, Russia, Japan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the ROK, Mongolia and other countries conducted in-depth discussions on topics such as Northeast Asian economic cooperation, safety situation and regional order.

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