Launching another four ballistic missile on Monday to the shores of Japan, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the rising tension between North Korea and United States (US) on Wednesday, in response to the joint US-South Korean military drills, which began last week.
“The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other,” Wang told reporters in Beijing.
Describing the two as “accelerating trains coming towards each other,” Wang used his metaphor to explain that China was playing the role of the signalman, furthering: “Our priority is to flash the red light and apply brakes on both trains.”
Wang proposed for a “dual suspension” of operations from both sides, halting US and South Korea’s large-scale military exercise and Pyongyang’s weapons program as a negotiation.
“Holding nuclear weapons won’t bring security, using military force won’t be a way out,” Wang said in China’s parliament National People’s Congress (NPC).
“There remains a chance of resuming talks, there is still hope for peace,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the US said it had started deploying the anti-missile system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea which is directed toward the nuclear-armed North.
Posing as a threat to their security interests, Beijing and Russia disapprove the system.
Moreover, China has begun halting tour groups to South Korea in retaliation for the move. South Korean businesses have also undergone problems in operating in the country as tension mounts.
Chinese local authorities have closed nearly two dozen retail stores of South Korea’s Lotte Group, which allowed a land swap with the military last week for anti-missile system installation.