- Title: China says hopes North and South Korea can make contact soon
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ARRIVAL OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SAYING; "I don't know what they discussed, but it's better (for them) to talk than to not talk at all, but if they meet, we will support it." WANG TAKING QUESTIONS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SAYING; "My feeling is that the North did not entirely reject the positive proposals raised by the South. For China as a neighbour of both North Korea and South Korea, we of course hope the North and South can improve relations. We also support the positive initiatives put forward by the new South Korean government. We are ready to see the North and South resume contact soon."
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 04:37
- Keywords: North Korea South Korea talks China ASEAN
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5PXS5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:China's foreign minister on Monday (August 7) said his country supported initiatives put forward by South Korea to handle tensions on the Korean peninsula and Beijing was ready to see contact made soon between the North and South on the issue.
Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Manila that he hoped those countries could improve relations, and that North Korea's foreign minister did not entirely reject differences in opinion voiced by his South Korean counterpart.
North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in a meeting on Sunday (August 6) that Seoul's proposal to improve ties with the North "lacks sincerity", the South's Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.
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