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08:21, December 07, 2010

Chinese president calls for calm to avoid escalating tension on Korean Peninsula
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday called for calm and rational response from all sides to prevent the deterioration of the fragile security situation on the Korean Peninsula.

In a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, Hu said China is greatly concerned about the current tension on the peninsula, and deeply regrets the loss of lives and properties in the exchange of artillery fire between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea late last month.

The fragile security situation on the Korean Peninsula, if not properly handled, could lead to further escalation of tension, or even run out of control, which is not in the common interests of all parties concerned, said Hu.

It is China's consistent stand to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and solve the nuclear issue on the peninsula through dialogues and negotiations to safeguard peace and stability of the peninsula and Northeast Asia, Hu said, adding that this is also the starting point and ultimate goal of the Chinese side in dealing with the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue and other related issues.

"China has always believed that dialogues and negotiations are the only right way to solve the issues and achieve lasting peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula," the Chinese leader said.

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