China advises US-North Korea to initiate denuclearisation talks

China advises US-North Korea to initiate denuclearisation talks

"History shows that trade wars are never a solution", the minister said at an annual press conference.

The North also agreed to hold a historic summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In in late April.

"China's suspension-for-suspension proposal has proven to be a right prescription for the problem in creating the basic conditions needed for improving inter-Korea relations" Wang said. "On March 6, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang issued a statement saying that" China always supports the efforts made by the DPRK and ROK to improve their relations", referring to the formal names of North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and South Korea (the Republic of Korea).

But foreign ministry officials have cautioned it is too early to assume the talks will bring a lasting breakthrough on the central issue - nuclear weapons.

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China's "dual freeze" proposal, unveiled past year during Wang's press conference, involves halting both nuclear and missiles tests in exchange for the suspension of U.S.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the summit would be "an important step in the right direction" and called on the U.S. and North Korea to "engage in dialogue sooner rather than later". In their dialogues, Wang said, all parties should equally address both denuclearization and "legitimate security concerns" (including those of North Korea).

China has been the largest trading partner of ASEAN for nine consecutive years.

Beijing has criticized Washington's "freedom of navigation" operation in the South China Sea being conducted in an apparent move to challenge China's claims and activities there.

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The dispute escalated particularly after the Japanese government led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda effectively put them under state control in September 2012.

A new blueprint for cooperation between the two sides will be fostered this year. It would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries' leaders.

Visiting China in January, French President Emmanuel Macron said Belt and Road could not be "one-way".

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