China claims credit for N Korea talks

But the Winter Olympics in South Korea provided an unexpected window for diplomacy, with North Korea appearing to be pushing for a de-escalation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in quickly took Kim up on the offer; not only did North Korea send athletes to the games, but the two sides agreed to march together in the Opening Ceremony under a unified Korean flag. This week, a delegation of South Korean officials returned from a visit to Pyongyang with news of a breakthrough, announcing at their post-trip press conference that North Korea was willing to discuss denuclearization with the United States (as The Diplomat's Ankit Panda has pointed out, though, so far North Korea has not clearly indicated the same thing).

"The proposed China-ASEAN strategic partnership vision 2030 will lead to better coordination between the Belt and Road Initiative and ASEAN's development plans", Wang said.

He said peace must prevail, amid signs of easing tension over North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Foreign Minister said that the mega Belt and Road project of China to develop Silk Road will have no backdoor deals and will follow all the global rules.

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The US, which only this week increased its sanctions on Pyongyang over the death of Mr Kim's brother Kim jong-nam, has said it is open to talking to North Korea, but only if it commits to denuclearisation.

In February, China ran a trade surplus of $20.9 billion with the United States, nearly doubling from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.

Wang said, "Everything will operate in the sunshine".

"China and France have joined hands to build a nuclear power station in Britain, becoming a model for cooperation in new high-tech projects for the Belt and Road", he said, referring to the Hinkley Point scheme, which British Prime Minister Theresa May initially put on hold when she came to office in 2016. Last year, trade between the two sides exceeded 500 billion USA dollars, and two-way visits totaled 40 million, benefiting almost 2 billion people, according to Wang.

China will continue to make efforts for this outcome, " Yi said.

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