A week after Washington announced that six-party talks between the US, North Korea and its neighbors would not resume due to Pyongyang's revealing a new uranium enrichment facility, China has called for "emergency consultations" between the six nations.
Wu Dawei, China's envoy on Korean affairs,made the call hours after the US sent warships into the Yellow Sea to deliver a show of force to Pyongyang, a deployment which irritates China.
The US reacted to the Chinese suggestion by saying it would continue to consult with others, include China, on future steps. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked with Dai Bingguo, China's foreign minister, on Sunday about the North Korea situation.
US non-committal over China call for talks on North Korea [Times of India, 29 November 2010]
China seeks talks to ease Korean tension [New York Times, 28 November 2010]
China urges N Korea talks [Financial Times, print, 29 November 2010]