The U.S. has been consistent and firm in asking China to exert more pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. But It seems that when push comes to shove, China will first turn to Russia for support with North Korea instead of directly dealing with its communist ally.
President Trump brought up again in his Thursday tweet that he has great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. The President added that if China is unable to do so, the U.S. and its allies will.
China in response is seeking Russia's help to "cool" rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has called on his Moscow counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday to discuss their countries' " shared goal" of keeping peace over the issue between North Korea on one hand, and the U.S. and its Asian allies Japan and South Korea on the other.
The two diplomats talked about their countries' supposed "common goal" to " bring all the parties back to the negotiating table".
China also said it is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help" cool down" as fast as possible the situation on the peninsula and "encourage" all parties concerned to resume dialogue. The six-party talks includes Russia, China and the U.S., along with North Korea, and the two affected Pyongyang's neighbors, Japan and South Korea.
China happens to be North Korea's only major ally and economic lifeline. It gave a warning on Friday that war over North Korea could break "at any moment."
Russia and the U.S. meantime are not seeing eye to eye on the Syria issue as Russia is allied with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The war China was ' afraid' of did not happen, or at least was not triggered today as feared by some. It is because in spite of North Korea's series of threats and posturing, the big bang of a fresh nuclear arms test did not explode today during the celebration of the most important day to the nation- ' The Day of the Sun' or the birth anniversary of its founder, Kim il Sung, current dictator's Kim Jung - Un's grandfather. Instead, Pyongyang contented itself with parading its series of new and technologically advnced missiles in front of Kim, and in flashy, proud show of force in front of the world.
North Korea did not, however, carry out another nuclear test or ballistic missile launch against wide speculations that it would coincide the new tests with today's historic day for the country. What North Korea did today, or more importantly what it did not do today, at least, appears to indicate an initial victory for the tough stance of the U.S. under Trump in dealing with the rogue state.
China has long been against drastic action towards its ally North Korea, as it supposedly fears that a collapse of the Kim regime would mean their borders would be flooded with refugees, and will bring the U.S. military on its doorstep.
The non- test of Pyongyang's nuclear arms may have lessened the tension over the issue but the problem over North Korea and its nuclear ambitions are far from over, that all concerned parties including China might need to do more to ensure more stable situation.