The Speaker of South Korea's National Assembly, Park Byeong-seug (L), and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi bump elbows while posing for photos ahead of their meeting in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2020. (Photo: Yonhap News)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Beijing will continue to play a "constructive" role in efforts to bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula.
Wang paid a courtesy call on National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug Friday and stressed the two Koreas should decide their "fate" themselves.
"South and North Korea are indeed the real owners of the Korean Peninsula. Therefore, the fate of the Korean Peninsula should be handed to both hands of the South and North," he said via an interpreter.
Wang's comments came after Park expressed his view that the two Koreas must have the final deciding authority on peninsula matters.
Park also requested China's support for continued efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang.
The senior Chinese diplomat arrived in Seoul late Wednesday for a three-day trip that included a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-hwa.
He also sat down with President Moon Jae-in.
Moon told Wang that Seoul "will not stop efforts" to bring a formal end to war on the Korean Peninsula and achieve complete denuclearization and permanent peace "together with the international community, including China."
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