‘China wants peace in Korea’

2010-05-29 07:46

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said today that his country wanted to

see peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, as tensions mounted over the

sinking of a South Korean warship.

Wen said: “China is persistent in supporting peace and stability on

the Korean peninsula. We reject any act that would harm peace and


Wen was also quoted as saying that China, as a responsible member

in the international community, attached importance to the outcome of a

multinational investigation led by South Korea into the sinking.

That investigation has held North Korea responsible for the attack

on March 26, saying that the South Korean corvette, the Cheonan, was destroyed

by a North Korean torpedo, killing 46 sailors.

South Korea and its allies have since announced reprisals,

prompting threats of war from the North, but China has so far refrained from

publicly blaming North Korea for the attack.

At an earlier meeting with South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak,

Wen said: “China will review the results of international probes closely and

consider reactions from countries concerned seriously.

“It will then take its position on this issue in an objective and

fair manner. According to the investigation results, China will not protect


Wen met Chung before flying to the southern resort island of Jeju

for a three-way summit also attended by Lee and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio


The two-day talks until tomorrow are likely to focus on the sinking

of the Cheonan, with Lee expected to press Seoul’s case – backed by Tokyo – for

the North to be punished for sinking the Cheonan.

South Korea, with the backing of the United States and Japan, is

seeking China’s support to sanction – or at least censure – North Korea in the

United Nations Security Council.

China, a veto-wielding member of the council, is the North’s sole

major ally and economic lifeline.

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