Showing arrogance and prejudice, the blood-curdling attack was aimed at shutting down criticism, says Jia Qingguo 贾庆国 Peking University School of International Studies dean, responding to a personal attack by Zhu Zhihua 朱志华 Zhejiang Association of International Relations deputy president. Jia had called (external link) for talks on contingency planning with the US and South Korea.

‘All related states are responsible, including the US and South Korea’, elaborates Jia, rebutting Zhu’s charge that he blamed North Korea and China for the crisis, and denying also suggesting China plan a military strike scenario with the US.

His political ‘standpoint’ (i.e, allegiance to Party and state) stigmatised by Zhu as ‘problematic’, Jia contends that criticising the US did not absolve North Korea: Pyongyang severely damaged China’s security and cast a shadow over the BRICS summit.

China joined the new round of sanctions in its own and the international community’s interests, adds Jia; Zhu’s canard that Jia ‘echoes the US’ implies that China does as well. Consistently seeking, peace and stability, China lobbies North Korea to renounce its nuclear program, notes Jia. His proposed contingency talks aim to prevent tragic misunderstandings, and to guarantee that

  • North Korea’s nuclear weapons are effectively controlled
  • its internal order is rapidly restored

Zhu, says Jia, distrusts his compatriots and is capable only of Cultural Revolution invective. A career Public Security officer, he should not treat scholars as suspects; failing this, suggests Jia, the Zhejiang Association for International Relations should replace him as deputy president.