May 30, 2010 / 2:36 AM / 10 years ago

China's Wen urges defused tension over ship sinking

SEOGWIPO, South Korea (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Sunday called for reduced tension in north Asia at a summit where Tokyo and Seoul pressed for action after a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean naval vessel.

China has remained non-committal despite South Korean and U.S. pressure for it to respond following an investigation that attributed the sinking of the Cheonan in March to North Korea.

“We need to dispel the impact of the Cheonan incident, gradually ease tension and especially avoid a clash,” Wen said, speaking through an interpreter.

Without peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, development in East Asia would be impossible, Wen added.

Reporting by Jack Kim, writing by Lucy Hornby

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