Why Is China Snubbing South Korea?

Why Is China Snubbing South Korea?

The so-called strategic partnership between Korea and China has been called into question following the death of Kim Jong-il. President Hu Jintao is yet to accept President Lee Myung-bak's request for telephone communication although Lee talked with leaders of the United States, Russia and Japan. 

Hu's reluctance to talk with President Lee is puzzling at this critical time although the Chinese leader purportedly does not favor hot-line talks with heads of state. Understandably, Beijing may not want to antagonize or unnerve Pyongyang in its delicate power transition.

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