With fears a North Korea conflict might provoke World War 3, the Chinese have been urged to take action against their sabre-rattling ally.
And premier Li Keying announced today stalled bilateral projects with the South would now resume.
It has fuelled hopes China could act as a bridge between both sides of the divided Korean peninsula and avert a potentially catastrophic conflict.
China could act as a go-between (GETTY)
President Xi Jinping said this week he wanted to now wanted to put the row behind them.
But he again claimed the Korean crisis could only be resolved through diplomacy, amid claims the world is “sleepwalking” into war.
Xi told visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in the goal of denuclearising the Korean peninsula must be stuck to, and war and chaos could not be allowed.
He said: “The peninsula issue must, in the end, be resolved via dialogue and consultation.”
China and South Korea have an important shared interest in maintaining peace, and Beijing was willing to work with Seoul to promote talks and support North and South to improve relations, he said.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported the pair agreed war on the peninsula would not be tolerated and they would cooperate in applying sanctions and pressure.
Li said of the new relationship: ”We are aware that some Korean companies are struggling but the investment environment has not worsened and if China-South Korea relations improve, South Korean companies will have many benefits.”
Alluding to the peviousyl torublied ties, he said: ”We should say, springtime is expected.
“We also all want China and South Korea relations to move forward in a stable and healthy manner.”
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he expects a Security Council meeting today to deliver a strong expression of unity over the Korean crisis.
He warned: “The worst possible thing that could happen is for us all to sleepwalk into a war.”
But North Korea has again accused Donald Trump of escalating the crisis, with tensions between the countries showing no sign of easing.
North Korea would regard a naval blockade as “an act of war” and a “wanton violation” of its sovereignty and dignity, state media reported.