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Dai Bingguo Holds Telephone Conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

On the evening of November 28, 2010, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo at request held a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, exchanging views on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula.

Dai said that China is deeply concerned with the development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. China holds that the immediate priority is to try to calm the current situation and reject any move that might escalate the tensions, he added. At the critical moment, Dai said, China and the United States should actively play a constructive role and take concerted efforts to mitigate the situation as soon as possible and safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

The starting point of all Chinese efforts is to maintain the peninsula's peace and stability, he said, adding that all relevant parties should make joint efforts to secure an early resumption of negotiations and seek solutions via dialogues.

Clinton, for her part, said that the U.S. and China share common interests in maintaining the Korean Peninsula's stability and that cooperation is of pivotal significance. The United States is willing to work together with China to keep peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, she added.

The two sides also agreed to maintain close contact on the issue.

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