China weighing evidence in S Korea ship sinking

China`s Foreign Ministry said it was still weighing the evidence over sinking of a S Korean warship.

Updated: May 26, 2010, 21:18 PM IST

Beijing: China`s Foreign Ministry said
Wednesday it was still weighing the evidence over the deadly
sinking of a South Korean warship that Seoul blames on North

China is North Korea`s most important ally, and
allegations that Pyongyang is behind the incident have tested
Beijing`s ability to balance its friendly ties with the two

It has also severely complicated Premier Wen Jiabao`s
upcoming visit to South Korea, where he was to attend a
three-way weekend summit with his South Korean and Japanese

At a briefing on Wen`s visit, Vice Foreign Ministry
Zhang Zhijun said Beijing regards the sinking as "extremely
complicated," but added China has no firsthand information
about the cause.

"China is carefully and prudently studying and
examining the information from all sides," Zhang told
reporters at a briefing.

He said Beijing was following developments and
reiterated China`s calls for all sides to engage in dialogue
and avoid hostile actions that could escalate tensions.

"We hold that dialogue is better than
confrontation, and relaxation is better than tension," Zhang