Joint statement demonstrates recognition of need for more confidence-building

2009-11-18 10:45 BJT

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Referring to the joint statement, a senior official from China's Foreign Ministry says it demonstrates that both sides recognize the need for more confidence-building measures, including on the issue of strategic nuclear weapons.

Chinese vice foreign minister He Yafei said, "The two countries reiterated and set down in writing the pledge made last year, that neither will target the strategic nuclear weapons of the other side."

The vice minister said that respecting one another's core interests is the "key" to China-US relations. He said that although there are differences between the two countries on the issue of human rights, the two sides have expressed their willingness to reconcile them on the basis of equality and mutual respect. The two countries have resolved to hold a new round of talks on human rights. He said the two leaders also agreed that China's measures to handle the financial crisis should be continued. In addition, they hope the six-party talks can be restarted. He Yafei said that China would welcome direct contacts between the US and the DPRK.

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