June 15, 2009 10:00
China is stressing the need for dialogue with North Korea despite its support for a UN Security Council resolution sanctioning the Stalinist country over its second nuclear test. China helped soften sanctions stipulated in UNSC Resolution 1874, which was adopted last Friday, changing a requirement to search North Korean ships from "mandatory" to "advisory."
"China is more concerned about the possibility that excessive pressure on North Korea will lead to internal chaos and collapse in North Korea, threatening the stability of China's northeast," a diplomat in Beijing said.
Zhang Yunling, director of the Academic Division of International Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, "China believes that issues must be solved through dialogue and talks, although it opposes North Korea's nuclear development. I believe North Korea will return to the six-party talks" on its nuclear program.
Some Chinese experts and media have called for North Korea's nuclear weapons to be accepted as a fait accompli. The Global News, a sister newspaper of the official People's Daily, in a commentary last Friday said, "We can't say the situation is unstable just because North Korea has nuclear weapons. It would cause serious side effects if we change our North Korea policy in excessive response to the North Korean nuclear issue. Therefore, it's necessary to solve the issue through dialogue, while meeting North Korea's demands for security and basic materials."
In an article in the Nanfang Daily on Sunday, Liu Ning of the Zongheng Zhoukan weekly, said, "Participating nations in the six-party nuclear talks, including the U.S., should try to find solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue based on a new strategic view allowing them to tolerate North Korea's nuclear weapons to some extent and coexist with such a North Korea."
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