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    Kerry Asking China to Rein In North Korea's Nuclear Tests

    Kerry to Raise Issue of N. Korea Nuclear Test, S. China Sea Dispute While in Chinai
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    January 26, 2016 9:58 AM
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will urge China to do more to press North Korea to stop its controversial nuclear tests when he sits down for talks with officials in Beijing on Wednesday. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
    Pamela Dockins

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, now in Beijing, will urge China to do more to press North Korea to stop its controversial nuclear tests during his talks beginning shortly in the Chinese capital.

    Kerry has meetings planned with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi early Wednesday, and the two top diplomats will hold a news conference before they hold further talks at a working lunch, U.S. officials said.

    Earlier this month, Pyongyang conducted what it said was a successful test of a hydrogen bomb -- a move that drew international condemnation.

    China is an economic lifeline for North Korea. A focal point for Kerry will be urging Beijing to use its leverage to try to convince Pyongyang to stop such tests, which are considered provocative by world powers.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, a former U.S. Senate colleague, after arriving at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China, Jan. 26, 2016,
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, a former U.S. Senate colleague, after arriving at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China, Jan. 26, 2016,

    Also, as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, China’s support is crucial for passage of any U.N. penalties against North Korea.

    Competing interests

    However, analysts say China sometimes appears to be hesitant about imposing additional penalties on its neighbor because of competing interests.

    “For China, the challenge is balancing the need to punish North Korea with their concerns about stability in North Korea. So, they want to push but they don’t want to push too hard,” says Scott Snyder, a Korean studies analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken traveled ahead of Kerry to Asia where he discussed North Korea’s action with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference in the courtyard at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 26, 2016.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference in the courtyard at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 26, 2016.

    Blinken said they stood firmly united “in strongly condemning this test, and in our determination, to impose costs for the DPRK's (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) flaunting of its international obligations."

    Chinese officials

    In addition to Wang, Kerry will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping.

    Another focal point during the talks will be the maritime dispute in the South China Sea, where China and others in the Asia-Pacific region, including Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines, have overlapping claims.

    Earlier this month, regional tensions flared when China tested a runway on one of its artificial islands in the region.

    China is the last leg of Kerry’s three-nation tour of Asia that also included stops in Laos and Cambodia.

    WATCH: US, China Compete for Influence with Cambodia

    US, China Compete for Influence with Cambodiai
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    January 25, 2016 10:10 PM
    As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touches down in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, ahead of the ASEAN summit hosted by President Barack Obama in California next month, observers are watching closely as to how he will balance human rights concerns with the U.S. push to counter the rise of China in the region. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.

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    by: david from: canada
    January 26, 2016 4:00 PM
    you can't count on china to stop north korea;s ambition of nuclear weapon.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 26, 2016 12:10 PM
    Kerry will get nothing from China on North Korea. China is satisfied with things just as they are.

    Let's hope Kerry doesn't surrender too easily on the South China Sea issue. Weak and completely ineffective, this administration has shown it not only has a propensity to concede to America's adversaries but it doesn't even need a fig leaf to save face doing it. Does anyone actually believe Iran has stopped developing a nuclear weapon? If it did, why would it continue to develop delivery systems like missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads?
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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 27, 2016 9:51 AM
    meanbill, because South Korea, Japan, and the US have every reason to believe that North Korea is working towards nuclear blackmail or even an nuclear first strike on these countries. The purpose of the NPT is to allow countries to develop peaceful uses of atomic energy while allying fears that a nation is preparing nuclear weapons for an attack. South Korea, Japan, and the US have every right to defend their national security including launching a nuclear first strike annihilating North Korea. Why would China interfere with North Korea's nuclear program? To avert such an outcome. Nuclear war is bad for business.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 26, 2016 5:48 PM
    Hey Marcus _ IF China really believes in peaceful coexistence and noninterference in the exclusive sovereignty rights of other countries, [then], why would China agree to interfere in the sovereign affairs of North Korea and their sovereign right to develop defensive nuclear weapons? .. Why would the US believe (or expect) that China would ignore their own peaceful coexistence and noninterference policies in North Korean sovereign affairs now? .. Does the US believe they are hypocrites? .. just thinking?

    by: PermReader
    January 26, 2016 11:36 AM
    The great photo of John! You have not to read the post: it`s clear that he does not speak to Israelis. The art of the court diplomacy.He was called a clown,no he is the court clown named court jester.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 26, 2016 6:06 PM
    Hey PermReader _ Kerry did talk to the Israelis, but the Israelis refused to hear the language he spoke in, so they just nodded their heads in affirmation, and then stuck out their hands for more US taxpayer money and US weapons to put down the Palestinian youths of today uprising? .. The Israeli leaders only understand the Hebrew language when the US and western European leaders try to discus things they don't want to talk about? .. Do you speak the Hebrew language?

    by: George from: Russia
    January 26, 2016 11:00 AM
    Why does VOA give us this kind of derivative news? There are many better articles about this elsewhere. Give us something unique.

    by: Moses608 from: Kenya
    January 26, 2016 9:51 AM
    This is no laughing matter but most people do not know what is all this about. 400 miles into the interior of the Earth there exist a sea several times more than the whole water found on the whole world.A very hard blanket of rock separates us from this. This rock has pores of highly explosive material which if this nuclear tests hits one such pore massive explosions will follow and possibly rip open that blanket of rock.

    Water surrounding the whole world is so deep and unfriendly for life contrary to what we think. If the rock is ripped the ground will sink and in an instant the whole world will be under water. North Korea such for ways of feeding your people stop making nuclear bombs to defend yourself against imaginary enemies.
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    by: Buddy from: California
    January 26, 2016 12:28 PM
    North Korea has real active enemy in the form of USA. Without their nuclear bombs, North Korea would be like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan,... Keep up the nuclear research, North Korea. Without your nuclear arsenal, Uncle Sam would bully North Korea like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen,...

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 26, 2016 8:11 AM
    Give Kerry and Obama a soapbox to stand on... to give anti-Chinese propaganda speeches when they can no longer draw redlines or do anything else to counter the Chinese South China sea little island moves, because the US are the one's who want to stop the Chinese ADIZ out past those Chinese little islands in the South China sea, [and now], the US wants these little Asian countries to stop the Chinese expanded ADIZ, because they can't? .. It's the Chinese ADIZ out past those little islands that the US wants to stop? .. It's a US military strategy move? .. because they already have freedom of navigation?

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