Describing the U.S. and North Korea as trains set for a "head-on collision," China proposed Wednesday that, in order to defuse escalating tensions in the region, Pyongyang abandon future missile tests in return for Washington scrapping joint military exercises with Seoul.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the suggestion at a news conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress in Beijing, days after North Korea fired four missiles it said were practice runs for strikes on American military bases in Japan. In response to the tests, the U.S. began the rollout of a controversial missile defense system on South Korean soil, drawing a warning from China, which sees the system as a threat.
Continuing with the train crash analogy, Wang said Wednesday: "The question is: Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? Our priority now is to flash the red light and apply the brakes on both trains."
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