CHINA would block any US attack on North Korea but remain neutral if Kim Jong-un strikes first, Chinese state media has reported.
North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner said it would prevent any attempt to overthrow Kim Jong-un’s regime after Donald Trump warned the dictator should be “very, very nervous” if he threatened the United States.
From The Express
China’s state-run Global Times said: “If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”
The newspaper added: “It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardise China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.
“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral.”
President Trump ramped up his threats to the hermit kingdom yesterday as he warned “North Korea better get their act together or they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world”.
His comments after North Korea revealed a plot to launch four missile towards US territory Guam in a matter of days.
China has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang’s repeated missile tests and with the US over military drills in Korean peninsula which it sees as escalating tensions.
Beijing is concerned that any conflict, or a repeat of the 1950-53 Korean war, could unleash a wave of migrants trying to flee the rogue state.
Chinese officials are also worried that a war could lead to a reunified Korea allied with the US, which may not be China’s interests.
The Global Times said China will “firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned”.
“The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region.”
North Korea has remained a useful buffer state for China as it means there is no US-supporting Korea on its doorstep, and also across the Sea of Japan.
Yesterday China lashed out at Trump after the US Navy sent a warship to the heavily contested South China Sea.
China’s foreign ministry accused the US Navy of breaking “international laws” in a statement.
A spokesman for the ministry said: “The US destroyer’s actions have violated Chinese and international laws, as well as severely harmed China’s sovereignty and security.
“China is very displeased with this and will bring up the issue with the US side.”