China’s Wang urges peace push in call with new South Korea foreign minister

China's Wang urges peace push in call with new South Korea foreign minister

FILE PHOTO: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Philippines
 
 
 

(Reuters) – China’s State Councillor Wang Yi called for stronger communication and coodination from all parties to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula when he spoke to South Korea’s new foreign minister on Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said.

Wang, who is also China’s foreign minister, told Chung Eui-yong in the phone call that Beijing had always appreciated South Korea’s “unique role” in Korean peninsula affairs and urged extra efforts to achieve denuclearisation and lasting peace, the ministry statement said.

Chung, who took office a week ago, on Friday held his first phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, amid stalled talks between Washington and Pyongyang aimed at making North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.

 

He told Wang that Seoul was willing to continue to play a constructive role in promoting the resumption of peace talks, firmly supported Beijing in hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 and was willing to deepen regional cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, China’s foreign ministry said.

South Korea hosted the last Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018.

(Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Alison Williams)