US President Donald Trump (2nd right) and his delegates meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (2nd left) and his delegates for talks at Capella hotel on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)
BEIJING - China on Wednesday said that US President Donald Trump's recent pledge to stop holding military exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) proved once again that China's proposal on the Korean Peninsula issue was "reasonable and practical."
The situation on the Korean Peninsula had shown positive changes even before the meeting of the leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) and the United States in Singapore, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.
"The fact that the DPRK had stopped nuclear tests, and the United States and the ROK had shown self-restraint on military drills, demonstrated the 'suspension for suspension' initiative proposed by China had been practically implemented," said Geng.
Geng said China's proposal not only aligned with the interests of all parties involved but could also solve their most pressing security concerns.
China stands ready to work with other relevant parties toward denuclearization and the establishment of a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula
Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
"China's propositions on the Korean Peninsula issue are tenable and will eventually receive support from all parties," Geng said.
The United States will stop holding war games with the ROK, according to Trump in Singapore Tuesday after the summit with Kim Jong-un, top leader of the DPRK.
China's "suspension for suspension" initiative calls for the DPRK to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale US-ROK military exercises.
'A good beginning'
Hailing the meeting as a good start, Geng also said it had important and positive historic significance.
"A good beginning is half done," Geng said.
He said the meeting yielded positive achievements, which were important progress in promoting denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the political settlement process.
"China greatly appreciates the political decisions made by the two leaders, welcomes and supports the achievements of the meeting, and applauds the efforts made by relevant parties to make the meeting a success," Geng said.
"After long-term hostility and confrontation between the DPRK and the US, it is of important and positive significance for the leaders of the two countries to sit down together for talks on equal footing.
"The results of the DPRK-US summit are a correct and important step to achieve denuclearization, end the hostility and confrontation, and pursue lasting peace and prosperity of the peninsula.
"The issues concerning the Korean Peninsula are both unique and complex. It is hard to solve them overnight."
He called on parties concerned to have persistence, be patient and make unremitting efforts.
"We wish and support the two sides to implement the consensus reached by the two leaders, promote follow-up consultations, further consolidate and expand the achievements, and make the political settlement of the peninsula issue a sustainable and irreversible process," Geng said.
"As a neighbor of the peninsula and an important party to the Korean Peninsula affairs, China stands ready to work with other relevant parties toward denuclearization and the establishment of a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, and make positive efforts and contributions to the lasting stability on the Korean Peninsula."