China 'will not permit chaos' on Korean peninsula

A North Korean soldier kicks a pole along the bank of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Credit: Reuters

China has declared a "red line" on the situation in North Korean and will not permit "chaos or war" on the Korean peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang said today.

"The Korean peninsula is right on China's doorstep. We have a red line, that is, we will not allow war or instability on the Korean peninsula," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of China's annual largely rubber-stamp parliament.

China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of sabre rattling, including missile launches.