March 08, 2010 13:15
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Sunday expressed optimism that six-party talks about North Korea's nuclear programs will resume since the parties involved "are committed to the objective of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula." Yang made the remarks on the sidelines of the opening of the People's Congress. He did not say when he expects the talks to resume.
Turning to the G20 summit conference in Seoul this year, Yang said the G20 plays an important role in coping with the global financial crisis and is very pleased to see South Korea host the G20 summit. As major agenda points for the summit, he cited the reformation of international bank, recovery and development of the world economy, elimination of imbalance, international cooperation on exit strategies and opposition to various forms of protectionism.
Referring to the rift in U.S.-China relation since early this year, Yang said "the responsibility does not lie with China." "China has always attached importance to its relationship with the United States," he said. "Resolutely adhering to one's principled stance is not the same thing as being hardline." The United States "must respect China's core interests" on Taiwan and Tibet, Yang added.
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