Let's begin with the ongoing diplomatic efforts to resume the stalled multinational talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program
China has called on South Korea to refrain from holding its joint military drills with the United States.
Diplomatic sources in Beijing say China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei made the request to his South Korean counterpart during a bilateral meeting last week, saying the drills are a stumbling block towards resuming the six-party talks.
South Korean envoy Hwang Joon-guk reportedly said that such a move wouldn't be considered as the exercises are purely for defensive in nature.
Meanwhile,.. the Chinese envoy is now meeting with his U.S. counterpart Glyn Davis in New York City to discuss ways to resume the six-party talks.
The talks which involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan, and Russia have been stalled since 2008.