Kirill Sergeevich Chernov is Postgraduate student of the Chair of World History at Far Eastern State University of Humanities.
The article is devoted to China's response to the 2013 Korean crisis. On the one hand, the Korean peninsula tension is advantageous for Beijing, on the other hand its excessive escalation is able to challenge China's position in the Asia Pacific. Satellite launch, the third nuclear test and provocative actions of North Korea were employed by the U.S. as a pretext for military buildup in the region. Being the only country really influencing North Korea, China is trying to protect its interests and stabilize the situation in a diplomatic way.
Key words: Korean peninsula tension, China-North Korea relations, interests of China, North Korea nuclear program, ballistic missile defense, USA, Japan.
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