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China hopes for early six-party talks

PLA Daily 2004-01-14

BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- China hopes the second round of six-party talks on the Korean nuclear issue will start as soon as possible and China is in constant talks with various parties, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan here Tuesday.

Kong said two senior Chinese officials had left Beijing Sunday for the United States for discussions on the issue with James Kelly, US Assistant Secretary of State.

The two officials are Fu Ying, head of the Asian Affairs Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and Ning Fukui, an ambassador-level official with the Foreign Ministry in charge of affairs concerning the Korean Peninsula, said Kong.

Fu and Ning are also expected to meet other senior US officials, said Kong.

In August 2003, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan held the first round of six-party talks in Beijing.

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