Chinese state-run newspaper: China should be neutral if NK threatens US in attack

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A Chinese state-run newspaper said in an editorial that the country should take a neutral stance if North Korea threatened the U.S. with a future attack, according to Reuters.

The piece comes after North Korea threatened to attack the U.S. territory of Guam. 

“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” a Global Times editorial piece said. 

It is important to note that the Global Times, while run by the state, does not necessarily represent Chinese government policy.

{mosads}Beijing has walked a fine line between the countries in light of the recent tensions; however, the editorial suggests a warning to Pyongyang if it were to attack the U.S., its territories or land near the country. 

Other Chinese newspapers, however, have also warned the U.S. in light of the recent tensions. 

The state-run newspaper China Daily said in an op-ed on Wednesday that the U.S. and North Korea should stop “hurling threats” at each other and act in a more diplomatic manner. 

The piece comes as tensions continue to mount between the U.S. and North Korea. 

Reports emerged this week that Pyongyang had miniaturized a nuclear warhead to mount on a ballistic missile, prompting President Trump to say the U.S. would react with “fire and fury” if North Korea threatened the U.S. more.

North Korea responded by saying its military would attack waters near Guam, a U.S. territory.

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