Japan vows to work with China to solve North Korea crisis
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told China’s top diplomat on Wednesday that he would like to work with China to try to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
“To resolve this problem peacefully, we would like to work with China, which has strong influence [over North Korea],” Abe said at the outset of a meeting with Yang Jiechi.
Yang told Abe that he hoped all parties play a constructive role in resolving the issue.
Yang said in his talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday that efforts should be made to improve Sino-Japanese relations.
He called on Tokyo to properly handle matters relating to Taiwan and safeguard the political foundation of its relations with China, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Yang also called on the two sides to enhance dialogue and properly manage differences and to make joint efforts to safeguard peace and stability in the East China Sea.
Japan and the US has been calling on Beijing to exert more pressure to rein in Pyongyang, but Beijing insisted dialogue is the way to resolve the crisis.
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Tuesday the Trump administration believes China is using “backchannel networking” with North Korea to try to get Kim Jong-un to stop nuclear and ballistic missile testing.
“We believe they are being productive,” she told reporters. “We do think they’re trying to counter what is happening now.”