Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, says North Korea’s nuclear test puts serious strain on an already complicated, but critical, relationship between Pyongyang and Beijing. (February 12, 2013)
Through the Korean War to the president. North Korea maintained and mentality. Trying to fight the outside world and that it wants autonomy and independence from even that big client trying to. It's. The China North Korean relationship. At this moment. Is ambivalence to say the least that is to say here you have Kim during the funds essentially. Rebuffing China on the one hand. China has provoked him by not warning to quickly meet. With the young leader. And try to sort of equality between Shenzhen paying. And Kim -- -- and you have Camden on essentially saying I'll launch long range missiles I want to keep Tibetan April is as -- December successfully. And I hope conduct nuclear test with impunity to existed that this week. So he seems to be signaling to Beijing you know you have to invest -- because you don't want instability on your border. Thought we don't listen to you were going to keep building their weapons of mass destruction because that's what gives us insurance that's what gives us leverage with the outside world. And that's what will ensure the survival of the camp and the regime. Kinda have to feel embarrassed China has been the voice of caution on North Korea has had the most direct access to. Pyongyang's -- circle this time coming just a month after. Unanimously passed UN Security Council resolutions sanctions. You have to believe that the Chinese were. Putting themselves in position so that they could clamped down harder and so that maybe she can ping could reach out and Obama. About rainy in North Korea's nuclear program at least trying to put a lid on the moratorium if you will something that's never worked so far -- -- They work in the future. China has to be recognizing that they also need to be applying pressure on North Korea they're gonna have to find ways to cut off. Frankly the account to conduct on his family at least in the way that he realizes that there's a price to be paid for this kind of provocation.