China calls for ‘joint efforts’ to reduce Korea tensions

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BEIJING – China appealed for “joint efforts” to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula Friday, after Pyongyang ordered missile units to prepare to strike the US mainland and US stealth bombers flew over South Korea.

“We call on all relevant parties to make joint efforts to turn around the tense situation,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular press briefing in Beijing.

“Peace and stability on the Korean peninsula as well as Northeast Asia serves the common interest,” he added.

China is North Korea’s sole major ally and biggest trading partner, providing key energy supplies to the poverty-stricken nation.

Beijing has repeatedly voiced similar appeals since North Korea carried out a nuclear test in February, its third in seven years, which prompted the UN Security Council to endorse tighter economic sanctions on the country.

But tensions on the peninsula have soared in recent days, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday ordering missile units to standby, hours after nuclear-capable US B-2 stealth bombers were deployed in ongoing US joint military drills with South Korea.

The order came as US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would not be cowed by Pyongyang’s bellicose threats and stood ready to respond to “any eventuality”.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    China should reign is its attack dog.

  • jpastor

    I don’t believe China alone is unable to stop NK kind of aggressive behavior They are telling one thing and doing another. China and NK could be playing the rest of the world.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    why is china suddenly building railroads into north korea. i doubt its for the tourist trade if they are imposing sanctions why the railroads

  • stealth ice

    now China is calling for restraint. earlier china is not supporting the world in the call on north korea to stop their provocation. now american has flexed their muscles and ready for war. china is calling the parties ease the tension.

    China knows that the collapse of north korea will put them in jeopardy. north korea serves as a buffer zone from the forces of american.

    now china is voicing their concerns coz the americans already there.

  • RyanE

    China is saying one thing but doing another thing. While it appealed for joint efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula, its navy is busy bullying Vietnam and other claimant SEA countries and even Japan.

    Perhaps someone needs to tell China what “walk-the-talk” means.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noelsantos37 Noel Santos

    bakit hindi joint effort to ease tension in south china sea?..dahil ba kayang-kaya nilang mag-bully bully?

  • tarikan

    China, it’s the Dear & Fat Leader who needs more persuasion to calm down. Surely he is bluffing. Now that the Americans are calling his bluff (about time) you, China, enters as a spoiler. Restrain your dog, China. He is getting out of your yard and might harm passersby.

  • ReneV

    the good guy-bad guy game.

  • Aaron Fernandez

    how ironic it is. China is calling to ease out the tension? but they themselves are causing tensions in South China sea / Philippine Sea… they make me sick lols

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Another bully country is promoting peace deal? What a joke.

  • DirtyHarryLim

    This is the joke of the day

  • Albert Einstien

    if china really wants NK to stop…china will just text NK youthful leader…..& it will not issue press releases ….BUT china is playing games…it is testing the nerve of US ….if US will show weakness..then CHINA will take ALL territories in the SCS…NK scenario is just testing the waters for china… & they are laughing out loud by now….seeing the panicky USA…CHINA must be waiting for an accidental electronic misfire joke..what will be USA response time….how will the world react..will it sanction NK publicly or will it shield NK from US & NATO reprisals…..to be or not to be ……..lol

  • Maldi2

    Like Panot, who can’t keep his backyard cleaned from corruption, China has no ascendancy to call for “joint efforts” on Korean peninsula as they themselves are bullying its neighbors on territorial claims.

  • Manuel_II

    Joint effort? by conceding to N.Korean threat and again giving them concession in a hope of false peace and the continued rule of one of the most despicable regime.

  • Be Nice

    Drama lang ng China ‘yan. Ginagamit ng China and North Korea as “testing-material” para ma assess at maubos ang resources ng U.S. After that, pasok ang full force ng China vs. U.S.A.. Alam nyo na ang kasunod, ibabalik ang siopao at pupuksain ang hamburger.

  • okabato

    North Korea a stooge of China. You do this, you do that. Funny these two guys think they can fool anyone but their actions speaks louder. It’s all for show!!! North Korea is like Iraq before Desert Storm all air remember that? Mother of all battles says Saddam and we saw what happened. China, just look at their freaking first aircraft carrier acquired from Russia, a second hand car fitted with chinese made armaments, I’m scared. Not really.

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