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If US seeks regime change in North Korea, China will stop them: State media
August 11, 2017, 6:37 am

China has repeatedly stressed on the grave threat a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea poses to Chinese interests [Xinhua]

A Chinese state-run newspaper has warned that if the “reckless game” around the US-North Korea standoff jeopardize Chinese interests, Beijing will respond with a firm hand.

In the event of Pyongyang launching an attack that threatens the US, China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to effect a regime change in North Korea, then China will stop them, the ruling Communist party-run Global Times said in an editorial on Friday.

Rhetoric between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has escalated this week.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea that it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States.

North Korea said it was completing plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam.

On Friday, the Global Times wrote in an editorial that military conflict must be avoided.

“China opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned,” said the paper.

“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. 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,” it added.

Global Times, a newspaper owned by China’s Communist Party, is known for its strident editorials, but does not necessarily represent government policy.

Editorials of state-owned media in China, like Global Times, generally reflects the ruling Communist Party viewpoint.

Beijing insists dialogue is the only practical way forward in the Korean crisis.

Earlier last month during a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Moscow and Beijing said that North Korea should freeze its nuclear and missile programs, while the US and South Korea should abstain from holding war games in the region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who spoke to Trump repeatedly on the crisis, has urged restraint from both Pyongyang and Washington.

China has also stressed on the grave threat a US anti-missile system in South Korea poses to both Chinese and Russian interests.

China has repeatedly stated its opposition to the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system and has called for its deployment to be stopped, and the missiles already installed to be removed.

China says the system’s powerful radar can probe deep into its territory, undermining its security and upset a regional balance while doing nothing to stop North Korea in its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.



One Response to If US seeks regime change in North Korea, China will stop them: State media

  1. Goeran B Johansson Reply

    August 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    It is the right strategy because North Korea has a shared border mostly with China but also a small one with Russia. If US will get a foothold in the North Korea it is a big treat against , first and foremost, China but also Russia.

    In the context of NATO enlargement up to Russia’s border in the Western Europe, together with the Ukrainian situation and Syria it is a very big treat against the stability on the whole Eurasian continent. Everything is about the Wolfowich doctrine that is used bu the USA to hinder a consolidation of a Eurasian power to counter the USA and NATO so Russia/China must neutralize this once and for all and therefore Russia is together with the other countries within the BRICS.

    Goeran B Johansson Independent Swedish Geostrategic Analyst and Author

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