Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Welcome Signs That China's Attitude to North Korea Is Changing

Chinese President Hu Jintao told his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak on Monday that his government attempted several in-depth talks with Pyongyang to express its "deep concern" over the North's planned rocket launch.

Hu added Beijing is urging Pyongyang to give up the rocket launch plan and focus on improving the livelihood of its people. Regarding the controversial issue of Beijing's repatriation of North Korean defectors arrested in China, Hu said his country is "taking a lot of interest and giving consideration" to the issue. It "respects the position" of South Korea and will "strive to ensure that the issue is resolved smoothly."

Judging from Hu's comments as quoted by a South Korean official, China is taking a more positive line on the North Korean missile and defector issues. But the position will not become fully clear until Chinese media reports about the summit are released. Read More