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Will China curb its proxy?

North Korea is testing the patience of Beijing

By John Garnaut   March 2013

A North Korean propaganda poster ©Adrian Bradshaw/EPA/Corbis

The western world is once again hoping China will lean on its bellicose ally, North Korea, and prevent it from developing a credible nuclear weapon. It will once again be disappointed.

This is not because Xi Jinping, China’s new leader, enjoys watching his 29-year-old neighbour, Kim Jung-un, brandish a toy that could obliterate Beijing as readily as Tokyo or Seoul. Tuesday’s nuclear test took the Disney-loving dictator closer to a miniaturised warhead that can be fitted to his ballistic missiles.

Rather, Beijing…

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