The report said China may get directly involved in a conflict on the Korean Peninsula should there be one, partly to preserve what is called a "North Korean buffer."
The report also noted that China continues to advocate for U.S.-North Korea dialogue but insists the U.S. should provide incentives to the North for the denuclearization steps Pyongyang has taken so far.
The U.S. maintains some 28,500 troops in South Korea under the Mutual Defense Treaty with Seoul, effective since 1954.
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