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Chinese FM “will not” say whether Beijing would remain neutral in DPRK-U.S. war

Spokesperson insists China's stance is "a hypothetical question"

A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry on Monday would not say whether China would maintain neutrality in case of armed conflict between North Korea and the United States, answering a question from South Korea's Yonhap news agency at a regular press briefing.

"China's neutrality is a hypothetical question, so I cannot, and will not answer," Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, said, while also urging all parties to exercise restraint.