China urges all parties to exercise self-restraint following North Korean shelling

China urges all parties to exercise self-restraint following North Korean shelling


China on Friday called for “restraint” on all sides after the South Korean government said North Korea had launched artillery fire near two South Korean islands.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters: “In the current situation, all parties should maintain calm and restraint, refrain from actions that may escalate tensions, avoid further escalation of the situation, and resume meaningful dialogue. I hope to create the conditions for this.” .

Hours after the barrage, South Korean marines conducted live-fire training on the border island of Yeonpyeong, Yonhap News reported.

“We are paying close attention to developments and changes in the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Wang added.

“Recently, conflicts between the parties involved have intensified, and the situation on the peninsula remains tense.

“As a neighboring country on the peninsula, China has always advocated maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and resolving peninsula issues through dialogue and consultation.”

The close ties between China and North Korea were made clear earlier this week when President Xi Jinping spoke by phone with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on New Year's Day.

During the meeting, the two leaders declared 2024 the “China-North Korea Friendship Year,” using the acronym for North Korea's official name, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency.

“President Xi said that in recent years, the traditional friendly cooperation between China and North Korea has entered a new historical period through joint efforts,” Xinhua News Agency reported.

“Under the new circumstances of the new era, the (Chinese Communist Party) and the Chinese government have always viewed China-North Korea relations from a strategic and long-term perspective,” Xinhua News Agency added.

“It is China's unwavering policy to maintain, strengthen and develop the long-standing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.”

Source: guardian.ng

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