Wikileaks: China for unified Korea

AFP, Tuesday 30 Nov 2010

The latest WikiLeaks documents expose China's growing frustration with North Korea and Beijing's interest in seeing the reunification of Korea

N Korean guards
Paramilitary policemen stand guard outside the North Korean embassy in Beijing 30 November 2010. Some Chinese officials do not regard N Korea as a useful ally and would not intervene if the reclusive state collapsed, according to leaked US State Department cables published by several newspapers. (Reuters)

WikiLeaks, the whistleblower's website, has published memos that allege Chinese officials are increasingly exasperated with North Korea and that the reclusive state may be losing its strategic value for Beijing.

According to one memo, the Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan revealed that Beijing considers the North's nuclear programme to be "very troublesome".

The leaked cable, quoted in AFP, revealed US Ambassador Richard Hoagland saying that Ambassador Cheng Gouping "said China hopes for peaceful reunification in the long-term, but he expects the two countries to remain separate in the short-term."

China's response to the leaks were very tact only urging the United States to "properly handle" the issue.

"We hope the US side will properly handle relevant issues," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said when asked about the leaks, adding that Beijing did not "want to see any disturbances to China-US relations."

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