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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 19, 2013

2013/06/20

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 19, 2013.

Q: Please brief us on the strategic dialogue between foreign ministries of China and the DPRK.

A: Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui co-chaired the strategic dialogue between foreign ministries of China and the DPRK with Kim Kye-gwan, First Vice Foreign Minister of the DPRK this morning in Beijing. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Relevant information will be released shortly.

Q: The Afghan Taliban announced yesterday to open a political office in Qatari capital Doha to help start official contact with representatives from the US and the Afghan government. What is China's comment?

A: China always supports the "Afghan-owned and Afghan-led" national reconciliation process and welcomes its recent progress. The establishment of the political office in Doha represents a positive development. We applaud relevant parties' active efforts.

China maintains that the international community should facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process based on the respect for Afghanistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and join the endeavour to realize the governance of Afghanistan by the Afghan people at an early date.

Q: Did any other Chinese official meet with DPRK's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan in Beijing?

A: As far as I know, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan met with Wu Dawei, Special Representative of the Chinese government on the Korean Peninsula Affairs yesterday. During his stay, he will also meet with other senior Chinese officials in charge of foreign affairs.

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