China's president voices concern over North Korea
BY JANE PERLEZ and CHOE SANG-HUN, New York Times
BOAO, China -- In an indirect but clear reference to the North Korean crisis, China's president, Xi Jinping, said Sunday that no country should be allowed to threaten world peace.
"No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain," said Xi in a speech at an annual regional business forum in Boao, China. Xi did not name any countries or disputes, but in separate remarks, China's Foreign Ministry on Sunday repeated its "grave concern" over the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
At the same time, South Korea's government warned that North Korea might carry out a provocation this week, possibly a missile test, as a way to extract concessions from the United States and South Korea.
As North Korea's major ally, China has been discomfited by the behavior of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, but it has refrained from making pronouncements that would signal what, if anything, it planned to do to try to curb Pyongyang.
The North ignored China's wishes when it carried out a nuclear test in February. That test led to more United Nations' economic sanctions and set the stage for the North's latest conflict with the U.S. and South Korea.
The South Korean government's latest warning came three days after its defense minister said that the North had moved a missile with a "considerable range" to its east coast, although it is not capable of reaching the mainland U.S.
Kim Jang-soo, director of national security for President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, said during a meeting of security-related officials on Sunday that the North "may launch a provocation, such as missile launch," around Wednesday.