BEIJING: China on Thursday again urged all parties to properly handle issues related to the sinking of the Republic of Korean (ROK) warship.
China sincerely hopes all relevant parties in the dispute over "Cheonan" stay calm and restrained to avoid tension escalation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters.
"Proper handling of the issue is conducive to peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula," Ma said at a regular news briefing.
The spokesman said China had always been committed to maintaining peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula, promoting the six-party talks and denuclearization of the Peninsula.
"We always believe that dialogue is better than confrontation and eased situation better than tension," he said.