China urges caution by all on nuclear issue
Beijing hopes related parties will speak and behave with caution, and not follow the old path of “showing aggressiveness” by turns, after the recent exchange of fiery words between Pyongyang and Washington, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday.
“The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is complex and sensitive. China hopes related parties can speak and behave with caution, and do more to help ease tensions and enhance mutual trust,” he said in a statement released on the ministry’s website.
Geng’s remarks came after US President Donald Trump warned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Thursday of “an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before”, following Pyongyang’s disclosure of a plan to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.
Speaking at his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, Trump again linked China’s help in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula with China trade, a move that experts disapproved of.
“I think China can do a lot more ... and I think China will do a lot more,” Trump told a reporter.
“Look, we have trade with China. We lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year on trade with China. They know how I feel. It’s not going to continue like that. But if China helps us, I’ll feel a lot differently for trade,” he said.
China has stated that the United States should refrain from discussing the settlement of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula within the context of China-US trade.
“We believe that the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula
and China-US trade relations are issues that are in two completely different domains. It is inappropriate to discuss them together,” Vice-Minister of Commerce Qian Keming said last week.
Li Haidong, a professor of the Institute of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University, said US policy toward the DPRK doesn’t help the situation, and Pyongyang’s announcement of a plan to fire missiles near Guam has proved it.
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