The United States' new chief
emissary on North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, arrives in Beijing, Tuesday. His
visit represents the beginning of the Obama administration's efforts to
revitalize the stalled six-party denuclearization talks.
Ambassador Bosworth's first stop on his first official visit to the region as
chief American negotiator for the six-party talks.
Participants in these
talks are: the two Korea's, China, Japan, Russia and the United States.
Negotiations were most recently stalled by North Korea's refusal to allow
nuclear material to be taken abroad for testing.
There is also concern
that Pyongyang is preparing a missile launch.
Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Qin Gang told reporters Tuesday that China hopes recent difficulties
will be temporary.
Spokesman Qin says China hopes the six parties can
remember the overall interest of denuclearization on the peninsula and that they
can work together to bring the process to the next stage.
February, Bosworth visited North Korea while he was still dean of the Fletcher
School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. After that visit, he said officials
were willing to take steps toward nuclear disarmament, if their aid demands were
In Beijing, Bosworth will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang
Jiechi and China's emissary to the talks, Wu Dawei.
Bosworth will travel
from Beijing to Tokyo, Thursday, and on to Seoul on Saturday. He will meet with
Japanese and South Korean officials, as well as senior Russian officials who
will be visiting Seoul.