INTERNATIONAL

It cannot be business-as-usual in China’s approach on N. Korea: U.S.

The U.S. has said the Chinese approach has not worked in restraining the nuclear adventurism of North Korea and it is time to consider better measures.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and agreed to “coordinate closely in the United Nations Security Council and with partners within the Six-Party Talks framework”. Making the U.S. disappointment with China clear on the issue, Mr. Kerry said: “[China] had a particular approach that it wanted to make, and we agreed and respected to give them space to be able to implement that. But today in my conversation with the Chinese, I made it very clear: that has not worked and we cannot continue business as usual.”

U.S. analysts tracking China-North Korea relations think China would not squeeze Kim Jong-un’s regime to the point where it may collapse and cause turmoil at its borders.

“Beijing has recognised the need to employ pressure in dealing with its sometimes unruly ally. However, sanctions and other forms of pressure must be part of a broader strategy that includes positive inducements and dialogue,” said Bonnie S. Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). U.S. is wary of entering into open-ended talks with the North.