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China not for 'pouring oil on flames' in Korean Peninsula

December 2, 2010 - New Delhi

China has called on the international commuity to exercise calm and restraint and not "pour oil on the flames" as tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula.

According to a Xinhua report, Beijing said that it does not seek to "protect any side" in the current crisis and calls on all parties to avoid acts that risk further inflaming heightened tensions.

It quoted Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi as saying on Wednesday that Beijing is highly concerned about the current situation in the region.

Calm and restraint are required and talks are now needed to cool the situation, Yang said.

Nothing should be done to inflame matters, and China will handle the issue as a responsible major power, he added.


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