China experts: North Korea not on war footing, fighting unlikely
Chinese experts see little immediate possibility of hostilities breaking out between the US and North Korea, but say Beijing will respond harshly to any further North Korean nuclear tests.
Director of Jilin University’s Institute of Northeast Asian Studies Gui Rui says President Donald Trump’s domestic troubles should prevent him taking such action, while North Korea doesn’t appear to be on a war footing.
Gui says although the tension on the Korean Peninsula is high, it’s not high to the point of having an imminent war.
He says another nuclear test would invite tougher measures from Beijing, possibly including new restrictions on Chinese companies’ investments in North Korea and cuts in the number of Chinese tourists allowed to visit.