China says Vancouver meeting on North Korea showed ‘Cold War thinking’

China was not invited to a 20-nation conclave, co-hosted by Canada and the US, in Vancouver to discuss North Korea’s nuclear threat.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2018 17:25 IST
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(L-R) South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland and Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono attend the Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on January 16, 2018.(AFP Photo)

China on Wednesday said “Cold War thinking” was behind a meeting of US allies on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, adding that the gathering risks splitting international opinion over the issue.

China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution.

“The meeting hosted by the United States and Canada in the name of United Nations Command apparently reflects their Cold War thinking,” Lu said. “To convene a meeting where major parties to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue are not represented will not help promoting an appropriate resolution over the issue.”

China is the North’s main economic and diplomatic ally but has signed on to increasingly harsh United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime.

China maintains that the UN Security Council and the long-stalled Beijing-hosted six-party talks involving North and South Korea, Russia, the US, Japan and China are the only legitimate multilateral venues in which to discuss the nuclear issue.

“Therefore, the international community casts doubt on the legality and representativeness of the meeting from the very beginning,” Lu said.

The meeting was attended by foreign ministers and senior diplomats of nations that sent troops or humanitarian aid to the UN Command that supported South Korea in the fight against the communist North and its allies during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The gathering, co-hosted by Canada and the US, was principally intended as a show of solidarity. China and Russia fought on the communist side in the war and neither was invited. US officials say those two nations, which are the North’s main economic and diplomatic partners, will be briefed afterward.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 17:24 IST