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US-DPRK Summit: Chinese experts give positive assessments

Chinese pundits have made positive comments on the Hanoi summit between the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying it was a necessary event that laid a foundation for more talks and progress in the future.

Wang Junsheng, an international relations specialist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the summit in Hanoi was a transition agreement connecting the past and the future, adding that the settlement of the nuclear issue in the Korean Peninsula not only tests the sincerity but also the wisdom of both sides.

Yang Xiyu, a researcher from the China Institute of International Studies, noted the denuclearisation process in the Korean Peninsula has experienced many turning points in the past, but it has never stopped and will never stop because it matches the interests of all sides, including the DPRK.

Meanwhile, Wang Sheng, an international politics professor at the Jilin University, said the outcome of this summit was “a little surprising”. It showed the differences between the two sides in their understanding of and steps in the denuclearisation process.

Commenting on the summit, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Lu Kang said the Korean Peninsula situation has witnessed a big turning point and returned to the political settlement roadmap over the past year. This was tough to achieve and the result needs to be treasured, he said.

Lu also said China hopes the DPRK and the US will continue the dialogue, show sincerity and respect, accommodate each other’s concerns, and promote denuclearisation and peace on the Korean Peninsula.