Having called on “all the relevant parties to avoid remarks and actions that may escalate the conflict”, Beijing should follow up with a proposal for a three- to six-month cooling-off period. No missile or nuclear tests, no military exercises. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Why China is best-placed to cool the war rhetoric between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump

John Barry Kotch says third-party diplomacy offers the best hope after the US and North Korean leaders ramped up their missile threats

Topic |   North Korea nuclear crisis

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Having called on “all the relevant parties to avoid remarks and actions that may escalate the conflict”, Beijing should follow up with a proposal for a three- to six-month cooling-off period. No missile or nuclear tests, no military exercises. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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