China declared a "red line" on North Korea Saturday. "The Korean peninsula is right on China's doorstep. We have a red line, that is, we will not allow war or instability on the Korean peninsula," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during China's meeting of their parliament.
Wang Wi went on to say, China will not permit chaos or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through denuclearization.
North Korea is China’s most important diplomatic and economic supporter, but patience is running thin. Pyongyang has tested three nuclear tests and numerous diplomatic skirmishes with West.
China has had enough.
“We have a red line, that is, we will not allow war or instability on the Korean peninsula," said the foreign minister. North Korea must "exercise restraint" because a "genuine and lasting peace" on the peninsula was only possible with denuclearization.
China has long been condemned for ton reining in their Communist neighbor, including punitive measures adopted after Pyongyang's third nuclear test in February last year.
Wang called for a resumption of the talks between North Korea, South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and host China.
Perhaps with the Chinese involved, the high tension between north and south can be deflated. "Confrontation can only bring tension, and war can only cause disaster," Wang said. "Some dialogue is better than none, and better early than later."
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