Both publicly and privately, Chinese leaders have stated their support for maintaining a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. In consultations with the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Russia, the Chinese have stressed the importance of resolving the issue peacefully through dialogue. Officials from those countries have urged Beijing to use its influence with North Korea to bring about a diplomatic solution to the impending crisis.
PacNet #54 – Beijing Ponders How Hard to Press North Korea
December 23, 2002