|Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi Talks With Heads of the Delegations of Russia, the US, the DPRK, the ROK and Japan|
On August 25 and 26, 2003, before the six-party talks, Wang Yi, Vice Foreign Minister and head of the Chinese delegation, met with Head of Russian delegation Alexander Losiukov, Head of the United States delegation James Kelly, Head of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Yong Il, Head of the Republic of Korea (ROK) delegation Lee Soo-Hyuck, and Head of the Japanese delegation Mitoji Yabunaka.
Wang welcomed the delegations attending the talks, saying it demonstrated the political will to seek peaceful ways to resolve the nuclear issue through dialogue. The six-party talks have been supported by the governments and people of the six countries, and have received a lot of attention and expectations from the international community. He hoped that all delegations would expound their positions fully at the talks, and listen to the views of other parties so that the talks can lay a solid foundation for the continuation of the Beijing negotiation process.
Heads of the five delegations thanked China for its efforts in starting the peaceful negotiation process. They said they highly valued this opportunity of the six-party Beijing talks and would work together to make the talks a good meeting.