Night Watch

South Korea-China: South Korean President Park arrived in Beijing on the 27th to begin her state visit.

During this Watch, the Presidents of South Korea and China concluded a summit meeting in which they dealt with Korean issues and after which they issued a joint statement. Excerpts from the Xinhua coverage follow.

" Xi said both sides should respect each other's social systems and development paths, deepen win-win cooperation, work together to advance the process of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and enhance coordination and cooperation on major regional and global issues."

"Xi said China is firmly committed to seeking a nuclear-free peninsula."

" 'China resolutely safeguards the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region, opposes any party that disrupts peace and stability and adheres to resolving problems through dialogue and negotiations,' Xi said."

"Park said the ROK is committed to safeguarding peace and stability in northeast Asia, seeking a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and resolving relevant issues through the six-party talks."

"The ROK appreciates China's role in promoting denuclearization and safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, Park said, pledging to increase strategic communication and cooperation with China and create favorable conditions for the resumption of the six-party talks."

"She underscored the ROK's commitment to improving ties with the DPRK on the basis of trust and laying a foundation for peace and unification on the peninsula."

Comment: The Chinese have been effusive in welcoming President Park. The success of the summit meeting might be measured by the parallel construction of the statements Xinhua attributed to the Presidents.

These two are likely to be the leaders in any future session of the Six Party Talks. Asians are taking charge of Asian security issues, for good and ill. This summit significantly illustrates and advances that long term trend.

PakistanUpdate. At the National Assembly. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the National Assembly on Thursday that a four-member committee of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had been constituted to probe treason charges against former President Musharraf.


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