i. North Korea has been a long standing ally of China. This association can be traced back to more than half a century. In the past our country has supported North Korea through the toughest of times.
ii. In fact there was a period when the efforts to isolate North Korea were blocked by China at many international forums.
iii. North Korean government receives humanitarian assistance and aid for its energy requirements from China. We’ve been doing this as part of our commitment to the human rights and as a responsible nation.
iv. But some of the events in the past couple of years have hinted towards North Korea’s diplomatically challenging moves, which have put China in great difficulty.
v. On account of such moves from North Korea China had to agree to the UN Security Council Resolution No-1718 in October 2006 for imposing sanctions against Pyongyang.
vi. North Korea’s continuing moves towards enriching its nuclear arsenal is not only a challenge for the world peace, but it’s a challenge for China as well. The country has been facing terror related activities in some corners of the country; therefore encouragement of weapons of mass destructions (WMDs) at its borders will not be a good idea for peaceful coexistence. North Korea needs to be told in no uncertain terms that the manner, in which the nuclear program is being encouraged, is not a healthy sign for strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations.
vii. Actions of the North Korean government like the arrest of two female US journalists on flimsy grounds, has not helped the North Korean cause. It is worthwhile here to mention that the former US President Bill Clinton had to personally intervene in the matter for the release of these two journalists. ...