China avoids blaming N. Korea for sunk ship

BEIJING — China did not join the US and its allies in blaming North Korea in the sinking of a South Korean warship on Thursday, saying the issue remained "extremely complicated."
US officials said Wednesday that China, a key North Korean ally, had indicated it was prepared to hold Pyongyang accountable for the March 26 torpedo attack and could join in some kind of formal rebuke by the UN Security Council.
However, asked about the results of the investigation into the incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu remained uncommitted, saying: "China does not have firsthand information. We are looking at the information from all sides in a prudent manner," Ma told reporters at a regularly scheduled news conference. "China's position on the ship remains unchanged," he added.