The tragic sinking of the Cheonan dominated the recent tri-nation summit held in South Korea, a conference originally meant to discuss trade relations. Resisting pressure from South Korean and Japanese leaders during two days of talks, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China gave no indication that his government was ready to join in reproaching North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
Mr Wen emphasises that the more important matter at hand is to dispel the impact of the Cheonan incident and place a large effort into boosting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
South Korea has accused North Korea of torpedoing the Cheonan, which sank on 26 March with the loss of 46 lives. The North denies involvement and has responded to the reprisals with threats of war, insistent that Seoul faked evidence to incite tensions and boost its support before local elections this week.
China Fails to Censure North Korea at Warship Summit [BBC News, 30 May 2010]
China Balks at Criticism of North Korea [The New York Times, 30 May 2010]
S.Korea, Japan fail to persuade China to censure N.Korea [AFP, 30 May 2010]