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China Urges U.S. To 'Properly Handle' WikiLeaks Issues

Accordint to leaked documents, China does not consider North Korea or its leader, Kim Jong Il, a useful ally.
China has called on the United States to "properly handle" issues related to the release of U.S. diplomatic cables through the WikiLeaks website.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing that China "did not want to see any disturbance to China-U.S.relations."

"China has taken note of the relevant reports and hopes that the U.S. side will appropriately resolve relevant issues. We will not comment on the content of the documents," Hong said.

According to the leaked documents, senior Chinese officials allegedly said that China did not regard North Korea as a useful ally and would not intervene if the communist-ruled state collapsed.

The officials also allegedly said that China would be willing to accept a reunited Korea.

The leaked cables also contained allegations that the top Chinese leadership was behind cyberattacks on the U.S. web search giant Google and U.S. targets.

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has called the release of the diplomatic cables "an attack on the international community."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration is considering several steps in response to the WikiLeaks release and has launched a criminal investigation into how the documents were made public.

compiled from agency reports