China seeks S. Korea's understanding on N. Korean policy
SEOUL (AFP) - A top Chinese envoy acknowledged on Friday South Korea's "dissatisfaction" with China's policy towards North Korea, but asked for Seoul's understanding over Beijing's reluctance to punish Pyongyang.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun also suggested that China and South Korea should stand side by side in pushing Japan to face up to its aggressive militaristic past.
Mr Zhang was wrapping up a three-day visit to Seoul as the envoy of China's next leader Xi Jinping that included talks with South Korean president-elect Park Geun Hye.
During their meeting on Thursday, Ms Park had stressed the need for South Korea and China to send a "clear and consistent" message to North Korea to abide by its international responsibilities.