Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, asked his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for assistance during a phone call.
Mr Wang told the Russian diplomat: “China is ready to coordinate closely with Russia to help cool down as soon as possible the situation on the peninsula and encourage the parties concerned to resume dialogue.”
Beijing’s leaders have pleaded with the Trump administration and Pyongyang to reach a peaceful settlement as speculation mounts over a possible nuclear weapons test from Kim Jong-un’s hermit state.
Chinese state media yesterday warned Donald Trump would bring “more danger than security” to the world by using military force to solve geopolitical issues.
The Global Times newspaper claimed in an editorial Trump “may go down in history as the ‘war President’” after his recent strike against Syrian air bases in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
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The influential tabloid also said Trump had “demonstrated a certain level of obsession and pride toward US military prowess”.
The editorial added: “North Korea must have felt the shock wave travelling all the way from Afghanistan.
“It would be nice if the bomb could frighten Pyongyang but its actual impact may be just the opposite.”
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Trump has already sent a Naval strike force to the Japan Sea
Analysts reportedly suspect Trump is actually using his hardline stance towards North Korea as a statement to China.
But John Delury, a senior fellow of the Centre on US-China Relations and professor of international studies at Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea, said Trump’s “bluff” could backfire.
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He told the Telegraph: “His coy allusions to a military ‘solution’ appear to be a bluff designed to harden Beijing’s position against Pyongyang.
“Such hardening, however, usually proves cosmetic, if not illusory.”