China hasn't followed South Korea, Japan and the U.S. in blaming North Korea for the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun yesterday repeated a call for "restraint" by both sides and said China had no "firsthand information" on the sinking.
China wants to avoid a conflict on the Korean peninsula, and is concerned that taking South Korea's side may provoke North Korea into further escalations and even lead to war, said Shen Dingli, vice dean of the Institute of International Affairs at Shanghai's Fudan University.
"North Korea is dying, and we can make things worse," Shen said. "We have assumed North Korea is not a rational actor."
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Well shut my mouth!
A reasonable argument from the Chicoms about the Norks. Who'd a thunk it?
That actually makes perfect sense. Amazing.