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S.Korea's Kim Seeks China's Support

Friday, 25 May 2001 12:00 AM

After a meeting with China's legislative chief, Li Peng, Kim said his "sunshine" policy of engaging North Korea is a "win-win" policy, which brings benefit to South and North Korea as well as China and other parts of the world.

"The most important issue regarding the Korean peninsula is the establishment of a solid framework for peaceful coexistence and exchange, aiming towards unification," Kim said.

"The sincere cooperation of you and your government played a strong role in this. We urge continued support," Kim told Li.

Li, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, promised Beijing's efforts to ensure peace and stability on the divided peninsula.

"China will firmly support the move for improving inter-Korean relations through dialogue," Li said. "China will be firm in its support for the goal of independent and peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula," he added.

Li, who ranks second in China's communist hierarchy, arrived in Seoul Wednesday for a five-day visit at the invitation of Lee Man-sup, the leader of South Korea's parliament.

During talks with South Korean parliamentary leaders on Thursday, Li blamed the United States for stalling exchanges between the two Koreas. "South-North Korean relations seem to be faltering these days," Li said. "This is due to international backgrounds, which include toughened U.S. stance on North Korea."

Inter-Korea exchanges flourished last year after their leaders met in June for the first time and agreed to promote reconciliation and unification.

But the reconciliation process came to a virtual standstill after U.S. President George W. Bush took a harder stance on North Korea and ruled out an early resumption of dialogue with the totalitarian country.

North Korea has frozen contacts with the South and pulled out of planned reconciliation events. Earlier this month, North Korea stopped work on removing thousands of land mines, a process necessary to reconnect a railway line across the heavily fortified border with South Korea, also a key to last year's summit agreement.

Kim Dae-jung asked North Korea to restart their stalled dialogue by using the first anniversary of their historic summit to commit to a follow-up meeting. "I do hope the chairman (of the North's National Defense Commission, Kim Jong-il) will clearly state his intention to us and to the world," Kim said.

On this occasion, Li also reiterated that all countries should observe the "one-China" principle. China has been irked by this week's visits to the United States by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian and Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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