Despite the U.S.'s hopes, China has chosen not to join the US and its allies in condemning North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has released a statement to say the issue still remains complicated and not yet proven enough for a rebuke in the UN Security Council.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters at a scheduled news conference: "The issue is highly complicated. China does not have firsthand information. We are looking at the information from all sides in a prudent manner."