Thu, Sep 22, 2005 - Page 9 News List

China saves face, and the day, over North Korea


However Dingli Shen, deputy director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said the joint statement was the best anybody could have hoped for.

"It was a success of diplomacy that tried to keep all avenues possible open," he said.

"But at the end of the day, there has been no movement, it was just to have something to announce. China sees a vague statement as better than no statement," he said.

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