China urges cau­tion by all on nu­clear is­sue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton and MO JINGXI in Bei­jing

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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