In recent months, United States defense officials and diplomats alike have repeatedly urged China to increase pressure on Kim Jong-un’s North Korean regime by way of economic sanctions, fully aware that China represents a robust ninety-percent of North Korea’s import and export markets.  As North Korea’s primary ally, China possesses what some believe to be the unique ability to actually force Kim to relinquish his goal of developing a global-strike ICBM with nuclear capabilities.

On Tuesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, went on the verbal offensive, claiming that the idea that China has enough leverage to effect change on the Korean Peninsula is “exaggerated” and calling on other parties to do their part.

“Recently, certain people, talking about the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, have been exaggerating and giving prominence to the so-called ‘China responsibility theory,'” Geng told a daily news briefing, without naming the United States directly.

“I think this either shows lack of a full, correct knowledge of the issue, or there are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility,” he added. “Asking others to do work, but doing nothing themselves is not OK.  Being stabbed in the back is really not OK.  The ‘China responsibility theory’ on the peninsula nuclear issue can stop.”