May 12, 2012
Can China Afford to Support North Korea?
Ong Suan Ee, JoongAng Daily
In a year of leadership transition in both China and the U.S., neither of these major powers can afford to show weakness towards the other. As unlikely as it is for the U.S. to back down on putting pressure on China, it also seems implausible for Washington to up the ante and outwardly incriminate Beijing over its support for Pyongyang. Furthermore, the U.S. would be unwise to rock the boat too vehemently with a trade partner as big as China.
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