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Tensions on Korean Peninsula not in China's interest: analyst

Tensions on Korean Peninsula not in China's interest: analyst

Hong Kong, March 20 (CNA) An analyst in Hong Kong said China is engaged in a new round of diplomatic efforts with neighboring countries and does not want the tensions on the Korean Peninsula to become a stumbling block in its attempts to strengthen ties with other countries. The China analyst, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, said Beijing's joint draft resolution with the U.S. to impose sanctions on Pyongyang after North Korea's nuclear test in February is aimed at reducing tensions and maintaining regional stability. But North Korea further isolated itself when it withdrew recently from a 1953 armistice agreement after the United Nations went ahead with the proposed sanctions, the analyst said. Pyongyang's actions have also disrupted Beijing's support, the analyst said. The analyst said Beijing will pressure North Korea to end its "provocative" actions, as China's new President Xi Jinping is engaged in critical diplomatic efforts with neighboring countries. Beijing would not want North Korea to cause further friction in the already frayed ties among Pyongyang, Washington, and Seoul, the analyst said. Many residents of Northeast China are also worried that North Korea's nuclear activities would cause radioactive leakage into the region, according to the analyst. (By Stanley Cheung and Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-06 10:11 GMT+08:00