December 23, 2010 11:20
Experts predict that "calm would return to the Korean Peninsula for about a month," the Washington Post said Tuesday.
This is "enough time to allow China's President, Hu Jintao, to return home from a trip to Washington expected to take place in the latter half of January," the daily wrote. The North would not dare to make trouble before Hu finishes his visit to Washington, the daily speculated.
It reminded readers that Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo visited North Korea on Dec. 9 and that China and North Korea according to the Xinhua news agency reached "consensus" on the situation -- "which many analysts interpreted to mean a North Korean agreement not to provoke South Korea in the short term."
Evan Feigenbaum, a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, was quoted as saying, "The Chinese clearly had to have something to do with it... Dai goes there and suddenly North Korea says, 'We don't need to respond,'" to a South Korean artillery drill on Yeonpyeong Island on Monday.
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