China Accuses Japan of "Overreacting"
I find China's reaction to be hypocritical. China goes ahead and describes Japan's efforts to pass a UN resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea for conducting missile tests an "overreaction" and they are opposed to the current draft revision. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said "If adopted, it will intensify contradictions and increase tension."
It seems China always want to adopt a "diplomatic" stance on foreign issues, but a more "belligerent" stance internally. It thinks that North Korea's missle tests was a misunderstanding. Strange enough, it knows how to treat internal problems. If a village goes and protests about a industrial spill or corruption of party officials, the government responds as usual... paramilitary force, no talks, and the suppression of any coverage that results in that.
China has lost face in saying that it can keep North Korea in check. It must show strength and determination to agree with the current UN draft resolution in imposing sanctions. This would show to North Korea that China has lost patience with its nearby friend, and this incident was the last straw.
CNN.com - Japan N-crisis draft under attack