China Does Not Like North Korea, Wikileaks Reveals

China is frustrated with North Korea’s attitude, Wikileaks third despatch reveals. One of the cables released on Monday says, China’s Vice Foreign Minister, He Yafei, told the US charge d’affaires in Beijing that North Korea was behaving like a "spoiled child" to get Washington’swikileaks attention in April 2009 by carrying out missile tests. Another cable in September 2009 says Mr He Yafei downplayed the visit of China’s premier Wen Jiabao to Pyongyong saying US deputy secretary of state Mr James Steinberg, “We may not like them… (But) they are a neighbour.” He also said Wen would push for denuclearisation and a return to talks.

Another cable reveals a discussion in February 2010 between former South Korean vice foreign minister Chun Yung-Woo and the US ambassador to Seoul Kathleen Stephens. The minister was quoted as saying that the new younger generation in China would not regard North Korea as a reliable ally and they would not risk another war in Korean peninsula. Ms Stephens added, "The PRC would be comfortable with a reunified Korea controlled by Seoul and anchored to the United States in a ‘benign alliance’ – as long as Korea was not hostile towards China."

Six party talks to defuse the nuclear ambitions of North Korea were stalled in April 2009 after North Korea test fired missiles. The US and South Korea say talks cannot be resumed until North Korea makes a genuine offer on stalling its nuclear tests.

Other revelations made by Wikileaks include:

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai freed dangerous detainees and pardoned suspected drug dealers because they were linked to powerful or historically significant figures
  • Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed a deal with the US in which suspected computer hacker Gary McKinnon plead guilty in return for a guarantee that he serve his sentence in the UK
  • Former British Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was praised by US ambassador to Luxembourg Cynthia Stroum for his campaign to persuade European countries to take in remaining inmates. Mr Begg was arrested by the CIA in 2002 and released from Guantanamo in 2005. He was never charged with any offence

However, some sections say the revelation of Chinese views on North Korea can only be taken as the views of South Korean officials, and may not reflect the real Chinese stand towards North Korea.

Meanwhile Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was offered unconditional asylum by Ecuador. Venezuela president Hugo Chavez praised Assange for the new revelations.


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