The risk of a miscalculation in the dispute over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs has increased, and China takes the tensions “very seriously,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
China wants to work with the U.S. on cybersecurity because the effects of an Internet attack could be as serious as a nuclear bomb, a Chinese general said at a briefing with the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Wu Dawei, China’s vice minister for foreign affairs, said he may unveil a new proposal toward a resumption of six-party talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Kyodo News reported. Wu spoke to reporters following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Kyodo reported.
China’s reluctance to restrain North Korea comes with a price, putting it at odds with its three biggest trading partners and threatening to drive South Korea and Japan into a closer alliance with the U.S.
South Korea sent its chief negotiator on the North’s nuclear program to Beijing to discuss how the death of Kim Jong Il affects international efforts to reverse the reclusive regime’s atomic weapons program.