20 Apr '17, 10pm

China adjusts its North Korea policy

China adjusts its North Korea policy

If China were to assert more pressure on North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile programmes, it would not be at the behest of United States President Donald Trump. Rather it would be because North Korea's development of nuclear weapons poses an immense threat to China, Professor Jia Qingguo, dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, said recently. The view of several analysts, both within and outside China, is that Beijing is already adjusting its North Korea policy because of this and other reasons. The shift has been evident in recent months, in Beijing's decision to back heavier sanctions against Pyongyang by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the steps it took to more fully implement existing sanctions. That is significant because China had in the past expressed "reservations over the sanctions and even objected to some of the...

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