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China’s Policy on Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue and China – Russia Strategic Coordination

Libiao Pan

North Korea has frequently conducted nuclear and missile tests in 2016 and 2017. The United States and South Korea decided to deploy antimissile systems in South Korea, adding to the complexity of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Northeast Asia faces severe challenges in peace and security. China strongly condemns the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea nuclear tests and missile launch plans and supports the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions on North Korea, advocates resumption of the Beijing six-party talks as soon as possible, and aims at resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means. China has constantly opposed the United States in deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) antimissile system in South Korea, indicating that the United States partly ambitions to strengthen the global antimissile system, which concerns peace and stability in Northeast Asia. Unfortunately, such action involved relevant countries in breaking the process of maintaining regional strategic stability. China and Russia hold similar or common positions on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and THAAD antimissile system. Strengthening China–Russia strategic coordination and cooperation will help promote denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and eliminate the negative impact of U.S. deploying antimissile systems in South Korea.

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PIR Center, November 2017