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Fault lines emerge in China’s support for its old ally

Posted by Author on May 27, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald, May 27, 2010-

BEIJING: The first crack has appeared in China’s resolve to shelter North Korea from international sanctions, with a prominent Chinese scholar saying his country’s foreign policy has been ”hijacked by Dear Leader”.

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, stood by the South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak, in Seoul yesterday to pledge her ”full support” for his stance against North Korea’s ”belligerence and provocation”.

She said there was no room for doubting last week’s findings that a North Korean torpedo had sunk the warship Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 sailors.

”The international investigation was objective, the evidence overwhelming, the conclusion inescapable: this was an unacceptable provocation by North Korea,” Mrs Clinton said.

Chinese officials say the opposite. Most Chinese experts declined to take calls yesterday or stuck to the official line that the case had not been proved.

”The Chinese Government has not got very persuasive evidence to support the judgment about who sank the South Korean ship,” said Yan Xuetong, a professor of international relations at Tsinghua University……. (more details from The Sydney Morning Herald)

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