China opposes escalation of Korean Peninsula tensions

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday that China opposes any moves that could create more tension on the Korean Peninsula. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily news briefing in response to a question regarding the current situation on the peninsula. Last month, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced a “higher-level” […]

Russia starts large-scale drills in Far East

Russian armed forces have started large-scale exercises on the Kuril Islands in the Far East, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. ‘ Artillery, air forces, navy and border troops are involved in the drills, Alexander Gordeev, spokesman for the Eastern military district, told reporters. “These are the planned exercises. One of its tasks is to conduct […]

DPRK top leader calls for stronger military

Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un called for strengthening the military to defend the country’s security and sovereignty, the official news agency KCNA reported Sunday. Kim made the appeal at an enlarged meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Central Military Commission, which discussed ways to enhance […]

Cross-Strait compatriots share responsibility of safeguarding Diaoyu Islands

Safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands is the shared responsibility of compatriots across the Taiwan Strait, a mainland official said Wednesday. Yang Yi, spokesman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks at a press conference in response to some Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) members’ […]

China maintains communication over Korean Peninsula

China has maintained communication with all parties on the situation on the Korean Peninsula since the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched a satellite on Dec. 12, 2012, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to a question on whether China […]

China hopes for no more Huangyan Islands conflicts

The current situation around the Huangyan Islands has remained stable and China hopes there are no more conflicts concerning the issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday. Hong’s remarks came at a routine press conference after reports quoted Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III as saying that he could not allow China to […]

China urges calm, restraint over Korean Peninsula

A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday urged all relevant parties to remain calm and restrained regarding the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. “The Chinese side opposes any moves that may lead to the escalation of tensions and are inconducive to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular press briefing. He […]

Japan, U.S. officials meet on DPRK’s potential nuclear test

Japanese officials met with a visiting U.S. special envoy here on Monday and agreed to closely cooperate to urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) not to carry out new nuclear test, local media reported. Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and Glyn Davies, the […]

China urges peace amid Japanese defense budget increase

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday urged Japan to stick to the path of peaceful development after Japan announced it will increase the country’s defense budget. “Owing to historical reasons, any move taken by Japan in the military area will draw great attention from neighboring countries,” spokesman Hong Lei told a daily press briefing. […]

Sanctions mean declaration of war: DPRK

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) vowed Friday to take “strong physical countermeasures” if South Korea is directly involved in the UN sanctions, which would be seen as “a declaration of war” against Pyongyang. “We declare complete nullification of the Joint Declaration on Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula adopted in 1992 and its total […]