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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Exchange of Fire between the DPRK and ROK

Q: It is reported that the exchange of fire between the DPRK and ROK on November 23 has caused casualties and property losses on both sides. How do you comment?

A: Paying great attention to the incident, China expresses grief and regret over the casualties and property losses that the incident has caused as well as concern over the development of the situation. Holding that parties involved should settle their disputes peacefully through dialogue and consultation to be jointly committed to peace and stability on the Peninsula, we oppose any act that undermines peace and stability on the Peninsula. China strongly calls on the DPRK and the ROK to keep calm and exercise restraint, conduct dialogue and contact as soon as possible to avoid recurrence of similar incidents. All parties concerned should do more to ease the situation and contribute to peace and stability on the Peninsula. We are ready to work with other parties towards this end.

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