“China hopes that the relevant parties will do more to contribute to peace and stability in the region”
—Hong Lei, spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Ministry
China has commented on the tense situation in the Koreas, which began when North Korea started firing artillery shells toward Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea, possibly over a military drill. South Korea media reported some 60 to 70 homes in the island on fire, and at last count, two South Korean marines killed. Hong Lei responded to a question about the attacks by saying, “We have heard reports and express our concern. The situation still needs to be confirmed.” He added, “It is imperative now to resume the six-party talks.” China is North Korea’s only major ally.