BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- A Chinese state-run daily has expressed a strong negative stance on Washington's ongoing pressure for Beijing to impose tougher sanctions on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, asserting "China has tried its best."
"We can neither persuade Pyongyang nor sway the opinion of Washington. The only thing China can do next is to firmly uphold its principles, strive to alleviate tensions while at the same time preparing for the worst," Global Times, an English-language sister paper of China's largest-circulated People's Daily, said in a recent editorial. The editorial followed the Wednesday test of the North's Hwasong-15 ICBM that can hit the mainland U.S.
China has so far joined U.N. sanctions despite a big loss in its relations with the North, as it is one of a few countries that still has friendly ties with Pyongyang, and the biggest-trading partner to the North, the daily said.
In several debates at the U.N. Security Council, China strongly opposed a comprehensive trade embargo against Pyongyang, stressing that sanctions only target fields related to its nuclear program, and not to hurt ordinary North Korean people's livelihoods, the daily reminded.
On the other hand, the U.S. and South Korea failed to fulfill their obligations in alleviating tensions and pushing for talks, the daily criticized.
"When tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach a new height, a large portion of the pressure is transferred to China. But the U.S. and North Korea must shoulder their own responsibility without making China the scapegoat," the daily said.
Whatever North Korea did, it is wrong to impose a full trade embargo or to sever ties with the North, it said
"China has no obligation to cooperate with the U.S. on this impractical idea. The U.S. has no right to direct China or the Security Council," it added.