After the US urged China to send a "clear message" to North Korea, Chinese President Hu Jintao responded to US President Barack Obama via telephone by calling for calm between all parties on the Korean peninsula.
The phone conversation between Mr Hu and Mr Obama marked the highest level discussion between the two countries since the Nov 23 artillery attack by Pyongyang on a South Korean island.
The discussion took place amidst the Japan and the US' commencement of massive military exercises off of southern Japanese islands involving about 44,000 personnel and 60 warships.
Hu calls for calm over North Korea [Straits Times, print, 7 Dec 2010]
Obama, Hu talk as live-fire drills begin [Choson Ilbo, 7 Dec 2010]