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China calls for emergency talks over North-South Korea crisis

China called Sunday for emergency talks on the Korea crisis as the US and South Korea began massive military exercises in the Yellow Sea.

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (center r.) meets Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Sunday. China has called for emergency talks over the North-South Korea crisis after North Korea attacked an island in South Korea and the United States and South Korea began joint military exercises Sunday.

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China sought to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula Sunday on the first day of massive US and South Korean exercises in the Yellow Sea led by the United States aircraft carrier George Washington, with 80 planes on its decks.

The exercises were about 50 miles south of the scene of North Korea’s attack last week on tiny Yeonpyeong Island in which two South Korean marines and two civilians were killed -- and far out of North Korean artillery range.

The show of force, however, created enough of a sense of crisis to push China to call for emergency talks.

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In Beijing, China's nuclear negotiator, Wu Dawei, said “the Chinese side, after careful studies, proposes emergency consultations among the nuclear envoys in early December in Beijing to exchange views on major issues of concern."

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