China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geng Shuang, addresses the special session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on October 12, 2022.
A Chinese envoy said Friday that solving the Korean Peninsula issue depends on strong ties between major nations and a stable regional environment.
“The final resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue depends on strong interaction between major countries and a good regional environment,” Geng Shuang, China’s deputy representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council.
“Looking at the history of the peninsula issue, it is not difficult to understand that diplomatic efforts on the peninsula issue can only be effective if the major countries in the region maintain generally stable and cooperative relations,” the ambassador said.
Geng pointed out that in recent years, some countries have used the peninsula issue as an excuse to deliberately stoke tensions, include the peninsula in the Indo-Pacific strategy, strengthen alliances and partnerships, and significantly increase their military presence in the Indo-Pacific region. Region; This seriously jeopardizes the strategic security interests of the Korean Peninsula and neighboring countries.
“Such practices, based on a Cold War mentality, only serve to provoke confrontations between blocs and undermine mutual trust between the parties, serving their own geopolitical interests and counteracting the goal of maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and advancing their denuclearization,” argued the Chinese envoy to the United Nations.
The ambassador added that dialogue and negotiations are the only way to free the peninsula from its security conflict. In addition, the Security Council should play a constructive role in defusing tensions and promoting a political solution.
“Unfortunately, irrelevant countries have chosen to ignore the sensible suggestions of China, Russia, and others and are obsessed with the magical power of sanctions and pressure,” he lamented.
Geng said that US strategic submarines reappeared on the peninsula last month after a 40-year hiatus. And that the US, as President of the Security Council last week, insisted on convening a meeting to assess the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
On China’s stance, Geng said the country is ready to play a constructive role in seeking a political solution to the peninsular issue by establishing lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
“We are committed to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, to denuclearization of the peninsula, and to finding solutions through dialogue and consultations,” he concluded.