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Zhu Feng: China Growing Frustrated with DPRK

Peking University, Nov. 24, 2010: Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Peking University, comments on China’s reaction to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) following yesterday’s artillery firing at Yeonpyeong Islet of the Republic of Korea.


Graphics shows the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong near the border with the DPRK hit by some 50 shells on Nov. 23, 2010, causing casualties and prompting a return fire from South Korea. (Xinhua/Zheng Yue)



"The attack has injected growing anxiety about the stability of the (DPR) Korean behavior among Chinese diplomats and officials.


"I see growing anxiety about the instability of (DPR) Korea’s behavior and increasing frustration. This attack proves that (DPR) Korea is entirely a minus to China’s foreign policy.


"So far I see no evidence that events will dramatically change China’s policy.


"I see two sides to the story. One is no change, the other is a new imperative to reconsider the relationship."


China called for a resumption of dialogue and negotiations amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula on Nov. 30. (Xinhua)



Extended Reading:

Zhu Feng: China’s Korean contradictions

Analysts refute criticism of Chinese efforts to defuse Korean Peninsula tensions

Beijing won't rein in reckless neighbor

North's attack on South pushes China's patience

China hits back at criticism over DPRK

Diplomatic impasse over Korea peninsula crisis 



Reported by: Michael Forsythe

Edited by: Jacques

Source: Bloomberg