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New Chinese envoy backs Japan’s talks with N. Korea

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Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou, who is the new Ambassador to Japan, talks with Japanese media in Beijing on Friday.

Jiji Press BEIJING (Jiji Press) — New Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou expressed his support Friday for direct talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

The comments by Kong, currently Chinese vice foreign minister, came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently expressed his readiness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without conditions.

Speaking to Japanese reporters in Beijing in Japanese, Kong said he hopes that Japan and North Korea will address each other’s concerns and set the stage for diplomatic normalization through discussions.

Kong, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, said he hopes that by doing so, “Japan will play a constructive role in resolving issues on the peninsula politically.”

He said he will work to help Japan and China deepen understanding and trust of each other to expand their cooperation.

“We are both standing at a new starting line,” Kong said.

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