Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in a statement said، "The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive". Such powers as China and Russian Federation are against escalating the tensions.
An editorial statement in China's state-run Global Times newspaper warned that China would not come to North Korea's aid militarily if they launch missiles against the United States and the USA retaliates against them. Both countries' governments should focus their energy on strengthening the possibility of a diplomatic solution, the statement said. This promising anti-missile program was canceled by the Clinton Administration in favor of President Clinton's Agreed Framework and its policy of appeasement, which ultimately resulted in today's North Korean ICBMs. If dictator Kim Jong-un's regime were to collapse, China would face a massive influx of refugees from its impoverished neighbor.
China is therefore very interested in getting both adversaries back to the negotiating table.
At the same time, the editorial said China would intervene if the United States attacked North Korea first, which may be an attempt by China to warn the U.S. against starting a war either, at risk of getting into a much bigger war with China. So far, with little to show for it.
SDI, leveraging America's technological superiority, could render nuclear missiles obsolete-and thereby checkmate North Korea, Iran, China, and Russian Federation.
"At the same time, if the U.S. strikes first and starts war on the Korean Peninsula, China and other countries, including Russia, Japan and South Korea, will be against it".
Ba Dianjun, director of the Center for Northeast Asia at Jilin University, underscored that despite the mutual aid and cooperation friendship treaty between China and North Korea, Beijing will not come to help if Pyongyang attacks first.
"Pyongyang understands that if it launches a nuclear missile this would risk provoking nuclear war". "They may be of the opinion that Washington is at a loss and that they can now enter an eye-to-eye conflict with the U.S.".
It is hard to imagine anything more injurious to USA credibility, after insisting that a nuclear-armed North Korea can not stand for over 20 years, to now surrender in the face of North Korean ICBMs. By publicly announcing the possibility of attacking Guam (a United States territory), Pyongyang is directly threatening U.S. security, and that has greatly increased the specter of escalation, explained Zhang.
The clothes made in North Korea are labeled "Made in China" and exported across the world, they said. China and Russian Federation should be warned, to give them one last chance to disarm North Korea.
In general, tensions on the Korean Peninsula have regularly oscillated between phases of easing and extreme intensification for decades.
"They aren't like Chinese factory workers who just work for the money".
Australian sportswear brand Rip Curl publicly apologized past year when it was discovered that some of its ski gear, labeled "Made in China", had been made in one of North Korea's garment factories. China's incentive to help implement denuclearization will be to impose comparable restraints on all of Korea.
Clothes carrying "Made in China" labels are reportedly not manufactured in the mainland but in the reclusive North Korean border city of Dandong, according to Korean-Chinese businessmen and traders.
"We're curious. We want to see how they live", Xu Juan said on Thursday before crossing the Yalu River, which marks the border between the two countries.
Zhang Liangui is also cautious about answering questions on China's role in the simmering conflict.
"North Korean workers can produce 30 percent more clothes each day than a Chinese worker", said the Korean-Chinese businessman.
"The expert added that China sent a stern warning over the situation in the region".