China will not allow chaos and war to break out on the Korean peninsula, which would be to no one’s advantage, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a group of Asian foreign ministers on Thursday.
North Korea’s drive to develop a nuclear weapons capability, in defiance of U.N. resolutions, has angered China and raised tension in the region.
“As a close neighbor of the peninsula, we will absolutely not permit war or chaos on the peninsula. This situation would not benefit anyone,” Xi said in a speech to a Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.
North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with tests of various missiles that could deliver such a weapon.
The isolated state is expected to conduct another nuclear test before a rare congress of its ruling party, beginning on May 6, at which young leader Kim Jong-un is expected to try to cement his leadership.
China is North Korea’s sole major ally but it disapproves of its development of nuclear weapons and backed harsh new U.N. sanctions imposed last month. Read More