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President Hu stresses efforts for peace

(China Daily)

08:32, January 10, 2012

President Hu Jintao and senior officials welcome Lee Myung-bak, president of the Republic of Korea, in Beijing on Monday. Lee is on an official three-day visit to China. (China Daily/Wu Zhiyi)

BEIJING - President Hu Jintao urged all parties concerned to work for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as he met with Lee Myung-bak, president of the Republic of Korea (ROK), in Beijing on Monday.

The two leaders met for the first time since December's change in leadership in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

During the meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes, Hu said that all parties concerned should be interested in safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula.

China is willing to make any effort to achieve this, he said.

"China will continue to support the improvement of relations, through dialogue, between the DPRK and the ROK."

China hopes the parties concerned will contribute more initiatives that help promote peace and stability on the peninsula, he said.

Stressing that it is the shared goal of the ROK and China to realize the denuclearization of the peninsula and safeguard its stability, Lee told Hu that the ROK appreciates China's efforts and hopes that China will continue to play a positive role.

Analysts said that the consensus reached between Chinese and ROK leaders sets the tone for future coordination on peninsula affairs.

Yet analysts warned that regional countries must proceed with caution in a highly sensitive climate.

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