China Seeks Emergency Meeting To Ease Tensions Between North and South Korea

ITN video: China proposes to convene an emergency meeting with members of the six-party talks


latimes.com
Chinese leaders, stung by accusations that they haven't done enough to rein in North Korea, call for an international summit, but U.S. and South Korea remain noncommittal. China called Sunday for an emergency international meeting to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the United States and South Korea, engaged in large-scale war games nearby, appeared initially cool to the idea.

The proposal followed a rare burst of shuttle diplomacy by the Chinese, who have been stung by accusations that they have failed to rein in their North Korean ally.

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, flew to Seoul over the weekend to meet with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, while Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi spoke by telephone with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and to the foreign ministers of Russia and Japan. The U.S. ambassador to Beijing, Jon Huntsman, was spotted Sunday afternoon leaving the Foreign Ministry building in Beijing. A North Korean official, Choe Tae Bak, has been called to Beijing on Tuesday for meetings.