Image

11:31 PM / Saturday September 21, 2019

14 Jul 2017

Don’t hold us responsible for solving N. Korea, China says

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
July 14, 2017 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE CARTOON:  Milt Priggee

 

Associated Press
BEIJING — China on Tuesday said it shouldn’t be held responsible alone for solving the North Korean nuclear standoff, and accused other countries of shirking their responsibilities in the effort to reduce tensions.

The complaints, made in unusually strident language, follow a phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this month in which the Chinese leader warned of “some negative factors” that were harming China-U.S. relations, indicating relations between the two countries had hit a rough patch after some initial optimism.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Tuesday that China was upholding its obligations under United Nations resolutions on North Korea, while other countries were fanning the crisis while damaging China’s interests by their actions.

“China is not to be blamed for the current escalation of tension, nor does China hold the key to resolve the issue,” Geng said at a daily news briefing.
“If China is striving to put out the fire, while the others are fueling the flame … how can China’s efforts achieve expected outcomes? How can the tension be eased? How can the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue be resolved?” Geng said.

Saying some unidentified parties were circulating the “China responsibility theory,” Geng said they were operating with “ulterior motivations” and sought to shrug off their own responsibilities.
“Absolving oneself of responsibility is not OK. Tearing down bridges after crossing the river is not OK. Stabbing in the back is even less OK,” Geng said.

China is North Korea’s only major diplomatic ally and economic partner, and the U.S. and others have called on Beijing to use whatever leverage it has to pressure North Korea into curbing nuclear tests and missile launches that violate U.N. sanctions.

However, China says perceptions of its influence with North Korea are exaggerated. It also refuses to take measures that might destabilize North Korea’s hard-line communist regime and lead to violence, massive flows of refugees into China, and the possibility of a united Korea allied with the United States.

Image

Beijing complained after one of its banks was recently cut off from the U.S. financial system for allegedly helping North Korea launder money, saying other countries’ laws shouldn’t extend to Chinese entities.

It also bitterly opposes South Korea’s deployment of a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system that Beijing says jeopardizes Chinese security because of an ability to monitor missile launches and other military activities within northeastern China.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Go With The-Flo

“The Wendy Williams Show” kicked off its 11th season and it has been renewed for another two seasons by Fox

September 20, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Wendy Williams (Photo: FashionStock.com / Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony “The Wendy...

Commentary

NFL’s Depression-era ban on Black players lingers on in the owner’s box

September 20, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email By Jesse Jackson Sr. TRICEEDNEYWIRE.COM The National Football League season opened last week...

Color Of Money

Are you a Maverick? A Dreamer? Find your financial personality

September 20, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT When it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to...

Health

Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy

September 20, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a...

Horoscopes

SUNscopes for the week of Sept. 22

September 20, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email All Signs: The Sun goes through all 12 signs in a year. (By...

Travel

The Two Brown Crayons Tour continues

September 20, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.   (Photo: shutterstock) By Andrea Lawful...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff