Such claim is highly convincing in recent remarks made by Chinese foreign ministry officials. One of the typical remarks was made by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the opening of ‘Symposium on International Developments and China’s Diplomacy’ held on Saturday, according to a Western source in Beijing on Sunday. He stressed dialogue to solve the North Korean issue, saying, “The situation on the Korean Peninsula, which has been caught up in a vicious cycle of provocation and confrontation, has remained grave. However, it’s important to highlight that the hope of peace remains alive, and the possibility of negotiation still exists.” He also pointed out that China is against U.S. unilateral actions against the North for whatever reason, saying, “On the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, China will not support or accept the demands of any party that go beyond the resolutions.”
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang’s recent visit to the U.S. can be seen in the same context. It seems that a series of U.S. visit by Chinese officials for dialogue has been after North Korea test-launched a Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Nov. 29. In fact, Zheng met Matt Pottinger, the head of Asian affairs at the White House’s National Security Council, on Thursday to strongly urge dialogue between U.S. and North Korea.
That’s not all. Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong met with the United Nations’ political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who visited North Korea on Dec. 5, to urge U.S. to resume dialogue in order to prevent a military conflict between North Korea and the U.S..
Looking at the present situation, China’s efforts to solve the North Korean issue through a dialogue are likely to become more intense from now on. This is certainly the reason why many claim that the upcoming Moon-Xi summit can lead to an inflection point for it.