Korean issue would harm interests of all: Li
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 21:33
  
Beijing: Striking a tough posture towards the belligerent North Korean leadership, China today warned Pyongyang that "trouble making" would amount to dropping the rock on ones own toes.

As US Secretary of State John Kerry in his meetings here today pressed Chinese leadership to press hard the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who resorted to rhetoric by threatening nuclear war, Premier Li Keqiang said troublemaking on the Korean Peninsula issue would harm the interests of all the parties involved".

"To do that is nothing different from lifting a rock only to drop it on one's own toes," state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Li as saying to Kerry today.

"The parties involved should shoulder their responsibilities and be ready to bear the consequence to safeguard the regional peace and stability," Li said.

This is the second time China spoke its mind against North Korea distancing itself from Pyongyang's belligerent stand in spiralling tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Last week, President Xi Jinping in his address at the Boao Forum said that "no one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains", which Chinese officials said later was an indirect reference about North Korea.

On China-US relations, Li noted that cooperation between China and the United States, two major economies of the world, would cater to the international trend and benefit the world.

The two sides should achieve new breakthroughs on the depth and quality of the bilateral cooperation, and make further efforts to cultivate fair competition and protect legitimate rights and interests of their businesses, Li said.

"I hope the US side could take substantial actions to lift the ban on exportation of high-tech products to China," Li told Kerry.

He also suggested that China and the United States should participate in and promote the economic integration process in the Asia-Pacific region with open, transparent and inclusive spirits.

Kerry said the bilateral cooperation has benefited the two nations and would have significant influence over the world.

According to Kerry, the United States highly values its ties with China, and is willing to make concerted efforts with China to improve the bilateral cooperation mechanism, strengthen communication and coordination, step up cooperation and jointly address the global challenges and regional issues.

China is the second leg of Kerry's four-day east Asia tour, which has also taken him to the Republic of Korea. He will fly to Japan on Sunday.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 21:33


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