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China voices support for Park's proposal on unification with N. Korea

All News 17:00 April 03, 2014

BEIJING, April 3 (Yonhap) -- China voiced support Thursday for a package of proposals by South Korean President Park Geun-hye, which laid out a road map for how the two Koreas should work toward reunification.

Park unveiled the proposals last week during a speech at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, calling for bolstering exchanges with North Korea as the initial step toward building trust between the two sides in order to lay the groundwork for reunification.

"China always supports the ROK (South Korea) and the DPRK (North Korea) in improving their relations through dialogue, promoting reconciliation and finally realizing an independent unity," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei replied, when asked about the so-called Dresden Declaration by Park.

"China hopes the relevant parties will work toward easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula so as to promote denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace and stability in the region," Hong said.

Though there are no signs that Seoul and Pyongyang are anywhere near reunification, worries over the long-term viability of North Korea have been growing for years.

Park and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague late last month, with Xi voicing his support for an "independent and peaceful reunification" of the two Koreas.

Tension flared up earlier this week when North Korea held a live-fire drill near the tense Yellow Sea border, with about 100 North Korean artillery shells falling into South Korean waters, prompting South Korea to return fire.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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