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24 MARCH 2017

Should China turn its back on North Korea?

While China does not want a new democracy on its doorstep, a North Korea more open to political and economic liberalisation might be a constructive first step towards solving the ‘North Korea problem’ for both China, and the United States and its allies
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/24/should-china-turn-its-back-on-north-korea/

8 MARCH 2017

China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests

China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to « defuse a looming crisis »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202088
http://www.dw.com/en/china-calls-for-stop-to-north-korea-missile-tests-and-us-south-korean-military-drills/a-37847701

25 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korea is now angry with its only ally and key supporter, China

North Korea – Irked by increasing UN sanctions and the brunt of sanctions by individual nations, including from its closest and only ally, China – North Korea has now vented out its frustration
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/252003865
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/north-korea-says-old-ally-china-dancing-tune-us-coal-ban/

18 FEBRUARY 2017

China suspends coal imports from North Korea following missile test

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday (Feb 18), depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-suspends-coal-imports-from-north-korea-following-missile-test
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/china-suspend-coal-imports-north-korea-170218134156911.html

25 JANUARY 2017

China gives details of items banned from export to North Korea

China released on Wednesday a new, comprehensive list of goods that can not be exported to North Korea, including many « dual use » items that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-gives-details-items-banned-export-north-korea
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1030654.shtml

25 OCTOBER 2016

Senior Chinese official visiting North Korea expected to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear tests, says expert

A Chinese deputy foreign minister is in Pyongyang on the first visit since February by a high-ranking Chinese official amid escalating tensions after North Korea’s fifth nuclear test last month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2039803/senior-chinese-official-visits-north-korea-suggesting
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196791

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

China probes company accused of N. Korea trade violations

Chinese authorities are investigating a company that researchers say sold North Korea materials that can be used by its growing nuclear weapons program in a crackdown that reflects Beijing’s growing frustration with its isolated neighbor
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-investigates-company-accused-north-korea-trade-violations

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

China, US to step up cooperation to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme

Premier Li Keqiang has told US President ­Barack Obama that Beijing supports closer cooperation in the UN Security Council and in enforcement efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2020872/china-us-step-cooperation-halt-north-koreas-nuclear
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-china-to-cooperate-in-restraining-north-korea/a-19563004

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea

Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart that China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response to its fifth nuclear test.
http://www.intellasia.net/china-says-opposes-unhelpful-unilateral-n-korea-sanctions-541386

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

China firmly opposes DPRK’s nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday expressing firm opposition to the nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/09/content_15493096.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160909_44/
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1396294.shtml

10 AUGUST 2016

China blocks U.N. statement on N. Korea

Japan and the United States negotiated behind the scenes but ultimately rejected China’s demand to alter the contents of the draft, putting an agreement out of reach
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-blocks-un-statement-n-korea-25162
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003139358

25 JUNE 2016

China, N.Korea foreign ministers hold talks

Foreign ministers from China and North Korea have held talks in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. It was the first bilateral meeting of its kind in nearly 2 years
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160725000713
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160726_01/

14 JUNE 2016

China to ban export of more dual-use goods to North Korea

China’s Ministry of Commerce released a list of goods banned for export to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the items could be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1975364/china-ban-export-more-dual-use-goods-north-korea

1 JUNE 2016

Xi Jinping meets North Korean envoy in Beijing, vowing to safeguard ties

Beijing will work with Pyongyang to safeguard, consolidate and ­develop their friendship, ­President Xi Jinping told a visiting North Korean envoy, ­despite the deteriorated ties ­between the two neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1961300/xi-jinping-meets-north-korean-envoy-beijing-vowing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160601_26/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244556251

17 APRIL 2016

China unlikely to come to North Korea’s defence if tensions escalate over nuclear weapons tests, say Chinese experts

China is unlikely to defend North Korea in case tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations ­despite a mutual defence pact between the two communist allies, mainland scholars say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1936616/china-unlikely-come-north-koreas-defence-if-tensions

5 APRIL 2016

China announces trade sanctions on North Korea,over nuclear tests banning gold imports and jet fuel exports

bbChina’s Commerce Ministry on Tuesday banned imports of gold and rare earths from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel, a move in line with new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35969412
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/05/content_15410890.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-announces-restrictions-trade-n-korea

1 APRIL 2016

Is North Korea Fed up With China?

North Korea’s ruling party recently called on citizens to stand up to its patron China’s “hostile schemes” in a blistering attack that invoked nuclear war with Beijing, a report has claimed
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/is-north-korea-fed-up-with-china/

3 MARCH 2016

China vows to take sanctions on North seriously

China said Thursday that it plans to follow the resolution unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council to impose the toughest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile provocations
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015792

28 FEBRUARY 2016

China, S.Korea envoys support N.Korea sanctions

Chief envoys from China and South Korea have agreed that relevant nations should steadily implement a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that will tighten sanctions against North Korea
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160229_01/
http://atimes.com/2016/02/chinas-chief-nuclear-envoy-to-arrive-in-seoul/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S., China agree on UN Security Council resolution on N. Korea

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a new United Nations Security Council draft resolution aimed at punishing North Korea in the wake of its recent nuclear test and for violating previous resolutions, a Security Council diplomat told.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/24/world/un-north-korea-draft-resolution-sanctions/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188592

12 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges U.N. action to make North Korea ‘pay price’

China will back a U.N. Security Council resolution to make North Korea « pay the necessary price » for recent rocket launches, its foreign minister told Reuters on Friday, adding the goal was to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-says-un-action-needed-make-north-korea-pay-price-behavior?singlepage=true

11 FEBRUARY 2016

POINT OF VIEW/ Robert Einhorn: China must be engaged in applying international pressure on North Korea

China is in a position to put decisive pressure on North Korea, but it has demonstrated that it’s not prepared to do that.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602110036

2 JANUARY 2016

Senior Chinese official arrives in DPRK

The visit of Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, comes after the North’s fourth nuclear test on Jan 6, during which the DPRK says it successfully tested its first H-bomb
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/02/content_15381821.html

27 JANUARY 2016

China backs U.N. move to denounce North Korea over nuclear test

Secretary of State John F. Kerry and China’s foreign minister agreed Wednesday to move ahead with a U.N. resolution condemning North Korea for its latest nuclear test, but they appeared as far apart as ever on how far to push Pyongyang
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-agrees-to-sanctions-against-north-korea-during-kerry-visit/2016/01/27/2d09569a-bfcd-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/27/content_15379240.html

9 JANUARY 2016

China resists calls to ramp up pressure on N. Korea

China has resisted calls by South Korea, the United States and Japan to put more pressure on North Korea, while the U.N. Security Council agreed to swiftly push for new sanctions against the North’s fourth nuclear test
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160109000123
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/962495.shtml

6 JANUARY 2016

N. Korea’s bomb test further imperils relations with China

China sees North Korea’s claim to have conducted its first hydrogen bomb test as yet another act of defiance, and will likely retaliate by joining tougher United Nations sanctions and could possibly even impose its own trade restrictions
http://news.yahoo.com/china-firmly-opposes-north-koreas-claimed-bomb-test-080358129.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160106_36.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1898251/china-summons-north-korean-ambassador-after-claims-successful-h
http://cogitasia.com/chinas-reaction-to-north-koreas-nuclear-test/

11 NOVEMBER 2015

N. Korea-China trade on decline amid icy ties

Trade between North Korea and China has gone down in the first half, data showed Wednesday, due mainly to the weakening diplomatic ties between the two allies
http://atimes.com/2015/11/n-korea-china-trade-on-decline-amid-icy-ties/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

22 DECEMBER 2014

No, China is not ready to cut off North Korea

Like clockwork, just days after another North Korean provocation, the press begins reporting that this time, China is upset, for real, no kidding. Yet this is a long way from saying that China is thinking of cutting North Korea loose, pulling the life support that has kept the Kim government alive as it continues to destroy what little remains of the country’s economy and comes ever closer to a miscalculation that could ignite conflict on the Korean peninsula.
https://www.aei.org/publication/china-ready-cut-north-korea/?utm_source=today&utm_medium=paramount&utm_campaign=122314

8 & 13 DECEMBER 2014

China not invited to death anniversary of Kim Jong-il

China is unlikely to send a delegation to next week’s third death anniversary of North Korea’s former leader, Kim Jong-il, because it has yet to receive a formal invitation from Pyongyang, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the North Korea-China relations said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141208000901
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201412130036

2 DECEMBER 2014

China ‘will not go to war for North Korea’

China will not step in to save neighbouring North Korea if the Pyongyang regime collapses or starts a war, a retired People’s Liberation Army general said, possibly signalling waning patience in Beijing with its wayward, nuclear-armed ally.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11267956/China-will-not-go-to-war-for-North-Korea.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

With Xi in power, China’s relations with North Korea take chilly turn

With its relations with China in the freezer, North Korea is making a great effort to improve relations with other countries, including Japan and Russia. On Tuesday, Pyongyang opened talks with a Japanese government delegation over the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001678233

23 OCTOBER 2014

China opposes sending North Korea to international court

China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127647/china-opposes-sending-north-korea-to-international-court/

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

North Korea seizes Chinese fishing boat, demands fine

North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, Chinese media reported on Tuesday, apparently the first such move in more than a year, risking further straining ties between North Korea and its only major ally
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-seizes-chinese-fishing-boat-demands-fine-media

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Congratulatory Message to North Korea: New Signs of Bilateral Tension

China-North Korea relations have been strained since Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013. Chinese president Xi Jinping has yet to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even though he has held two summits with South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye.
http://cogitasia.com/chinas-congratulatory-message-to-north-korea-new-signs-of-bilateral-tension/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

In paper to U.N., China renews call for restart of N. Korea nuclear talks

China has renewed its commitment to an early resumption of six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program ahead of the United Nations General Assembly later this month
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/09/116_164306.html

19 AUGUST 2014

North Korea transfers tanks to Chinese border

North Korea has transferred one of its newest and most modern armoured units to the border with China, in the latest indication of the depth of the rift between the two erstwhile allies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11043980/North-Korea-transfers-tanks-to-Chinese-border.html

30 JULY 2014

China-N.K. relations face bumpy road

Relations between North Korea and China face a bumpy road as Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continue to chip away at their decades-long alliance while Beijing increasingly courts Seoul for greater strategic and economic cooperation
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140730000967

9 MAY 2014

Is China losing faith in North Korea?

Beijing’s contingency plans for the fall of Kim Jong-un have apparently been leaked to the media. What does this mean for Pyongyang’s relations with its only major ally?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/09/is-china-losing-faith-in-north-korea

4 MAY 2014

PLA prepares border plan for North Korean collapse

China has formed numerous special teams as part of an emergency plan to deal with the aftermath of a potential collapse of North Korea’s political regime, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140504000102&cid=1101

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

17 MARCH 2014

China rejects a United Nations report on “grave human rights violations” in the DPRK

China has rejected a United Nations report documenting “grave human rights violations” in the North Korea (DPRK) at a UN debate on Monday, saying the report was based on fabricated charges and that its recommendations were “divorced from reality.”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/17/china-criticises-un-report-on-north-korea-saying-it-is-inaccurate/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/china-dismisses-un-report-n-korea-crimes-2014317142819165855.html

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Strange Diplomatic Exchanges Between US-UN-China Over North Korea

The UN Human Rights Council commissioned the Inquiry on Human Rights In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and found “abundant evidence” for crimes against humanity. Why China condemns the report’s claims is simple: it implicates China’s leadership

http://inhomelandsecurity.com/strange-diplomatic-exchanges-between-us-un-china-over-north-korea/

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China rejects UN report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity

China is rejecting the charge of a U.N. human rights inquiry that suggested Beijing was aiding and abetting crimes against humanity by returning defectors to its ally, North Korea.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-un-criticism-in-north-korea-rights-probe/1853512.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

China FM reassures Kerry on Korean tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that China will never allow chaos or war on the Korean Peninsula, as tensions in the area featured high up the agenda of his Beijing talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/14/c_133116299.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-promises-to-pressure-n-korea-back-to-nuclear-talks/1851874.html

29 JANUARY 2014

Purge raises fears over North Korea-China links

The execution, in December 2013, of Jang Song-thaek, uncle and close advisor to North Korea’s 31-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, has serious ramifications for North Korea’s external relations. Mr Jang was China’s best business partner among North Korea’s leadership
http://www.worldreview.info/content/purge-raises-fears-over-north-korea-china-links

10 JANUARY 2014

North Korea risky business for Chinese investors

While North Korea has encouraged increased inward investment since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011, and China–North Korea economic engagement has expanded, Chinese investors taking the plunge investing in North Korea face challenges at each step of the way.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/10/north-korea-risky-business-for-chinese-investors/

12 DECEMBER 2013

China Tries to Harness North Korea

China has been playing a careful and relatively sophisticated strategic game with its unruly ally North Korea, attempting to harness Pyongyang’s determination to expand its nuclear capability while at the same time expanding its economic relations at an unprecedented pace, according to a new analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-harness-north-korea/

30 OCTOBER 2013

China and North Korea: New thinking, old policies

With a tougher posture on recent provocations, have China’s policies on North Korea really changed?http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/30/20783/

2 OCTOBER 2013

Kim sends another telegram to Xi amid strained China-N Korea ties

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is deeply concerned that his country’s relations with its key ally China are deteriorating, reports Duowei News, an outlet run by overseas Chinese.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131002000106&cid=1101

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

China releases list of goods banned from export to NK

China has released a list of technologies and goods banned from export to North Korea because of their possible use in building nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, China’s Ministry of Commerce said
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2013/09/24/389678/p1/China-releases.htm
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-releases-list-goods-banned-export-n-korea

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship.

http://cogitasia.com/a-new-type-of-major-power-relations-on-north-korea/

China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

China’s foreign minister pushed Friday 20 for the restart of international talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113667/china-nkorea-ready-to-make-nuclear-commitment/

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

How China Reads North Korea

As the crisis in Syria unfolds, a less noticed problem has been the widening gap between China and the United States about how to handle another “rogue regime”—North Korea. After signs of growing cooperation with the U.S. earlier this year, China has reverted to a heavy emphasis on dialogue as a solution to the DPRK nuclear issue. The United States should redouble its efforts to ensure that Beijing continues to adequately pressure Pyongyang.

http://server1.nationalinterest.org/commentary/how-china-reads-north-korea-9009

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

China reaffirms ‘clear-cut’ goal of denuclearizing N. Korea

A senior Chinese military official renewed his country’s « clear-cut » goal of ending North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue during a meeting with South Korean defense officials last week, China’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130903001063

17 AUGUST 2013

Why do China and South Korea trade with North Korea?

South Korea and China have maintained trade with North Korea as a means of enhancing their prosperity and security.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/17/why-do-china-and-south-korea-trade-with-north-korea/

23 JULY 2013

China debates how to handle North Korea

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-230713.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

17 JUNE 2013

China and North Korea to hold talks on Wednesday

China will hold talks with North Korea this week, Beijing said on Monday, amid ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula over the North’s nuclear programme

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130617-430370.html

9 JUNE 2013

US and China agree to curb nuclear N Korea

The US and China have agreed that they cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and pledged to work closely to end Pyongyang’s weapons programme, a senior US national security official has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201368222617872259.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/99012-obama-and-xi-conclude-summit-ambiguity-on-cyber-remaining/

3 JUNE 2013

Why China is not the solution to the Korean crisis

Beijing calls the shots in North Korea? History shows that thinking is misguided.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/03/why-china-is-not-the-solution-to-the-korean-crisis/

UN sanctions hurt China-N Korea ties

The relationship between China and North Korea was once described as an alliance forged in blood. However, there have been leadership changes in both countries and that alliance no longer looks as strong.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/201363244391667.html

25 MAY 2013

China calls on North Korea to enter nuclear talks

A personal envoy to North Korea’s leader indicated Kim Jung Un was open to restarting nuclear disarmament talks, a move that came as China’s leader delivered a blunt message to Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, Chinese state-run media

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/asia/china-north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

24 MAY 2013

N Korea willing to take ‘positive steps’

A North Korean envoy has told China’s president that his reclusive country was willing to take « positive actions » to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, as China steps up diplomatic efforts to bring Pyongyang back to talks.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352414234631383.html

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2013-05/24/content_16526837.htm

22 MAY 2012

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sends envoy to China

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a special envoy to Beijing, state media has announced, amid cooling relations between the two neighbours.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22620600

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific

21 MAY 2013

Chinese fishermen freed by N Korea captors

A Chinese boat and 16 fishermen seized for ransom by armed North Koreans two weeks ago have been released, easing the latest irritant in relations between the traditional allies.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135216393268896.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/detained-chinese-fishermen-boat-released-by-north-korea/1665059.html

17 MAY 2013

Chinese opinion jars with policy on Korea

North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests and its defiant attitude in the face of international condemnation have had negative consequences both for North Korea itself and all involved actors, but arguably no country has been affected more than China.      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-170513.html

10 MAY 2013

China, N. Korea political, business ties grow: Report

North Korean visits to China have multiplied over recent years, a Chinese newspaper reported, underscoring growing political and business links between the isolated nuclear-armed state and its sole major ally.                                                                                http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130510-421771.html

7 MAY 2013

Bank of China ‘shuts North Korea account’

The closure would be the first openly acknowledged move by an institution in China – the North’s key backer – against North Korean interests in the current stand-off, which escalated in February with Pyongyang’s third atomic test. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10041679/Bank-of-China-shuts-North-Korea-account.html                                                                                                                                                                         http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-05-07/bank-of-china-ltd-closes-north-korea-s-foreign-trade-bank-accounts.html

29 APRIL 2013

China’s changing calculus on North Korea

General Fang Fenghui, the PLA Chief of the General Staff had some tough words for North Korea during the press conference following his meeting with General Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Tuesday last week                       http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-290413.html

23 APRIL 2013

China support for North Korea is rational

Why does China tolerate North Korea’s extraordinary behaviour? The relationship is an unusual one – not based on mutual respect and friendship but on cold calculation. Beijing has agreed to support US moves at the UN to place sanctions on North Korea, but the world is puzzled by its apparent reluctance to follow Washington’s lead with any great enthusiasm.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/954c33f6-ac0e-11e2-9e7f-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2SLMw6wV8

21 APRIL 2013

China at crossroads on Korean Peninsula

As North Korea’s Kim Dynasty takes the world to the brink yet again, let’s keep our eyes on the endgame. While Beijing may not be able to tell Pyongyang what to do and it’s clear the two sides aren’t as chummy as most outsiders think, Beijing can pull the plug. And that’s what it must do. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130421000268

19 APRIL 2013

Despite Condemnation, China Strengthens North Korean Ties

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s criticism of North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un’s acts of military provocation may be pointed, but economic relations between the two communist states seem to be improving. A new bridge costing $356 million is being built in the Chinese city of Dandong, linking it with the North Korean town of Sinuiju over the Yalu River. It’s being built specifically to strengthen cross border trade.                                                    http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-04-19/despite-condemnation-china-strengthens-north-korean-ties.html

16 APRIL 2013

China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership

China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea’s behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea’s largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against the United States and other powers. To outsiders, China’s alliance with North Korea seems like a Cold War relic with little reason for persisting into the 21st century                                                                                                                                                    China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership | Stratfor

13 APRIL 2013

US, China agree on ‘nuclear-free Korea’ push

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing. http://www.france24.com/en/20130413-usa-china-committed-nuclear-free-korean-peninsula-north-south-kerry http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22131316 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/13/north-korea-south-kim-missiles http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/13/john-kerry-gets-china-commitment-to-help-rid-north-korea-of-nuclear-weapons/

13 APRIL 2013

North Korean Leader, Young and Defiant, Strains Ties With Chinese

The last known face-to-face contact between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and senior Chinese officials did not end well. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/world/asia/kim-jong-un-tests-relations-with-china.html?_r=1&

12 APRIL 2013

Will China Shift Its Stance on N. Korea?

Weeks of threats by North Korea against the South and the United States have provoked strong criticism from countries around the world. However, the response from Pyongyang’s longtime ally China has been more nuanced             http://www.voanews.com/content/will-china-shift-its-stance-toward-north-korea/1639982.html

12 APRIL 2013

Geopolitics makes abandoning NK naive

The North has annoyed most Chinese. Voices pushing to « abandon North Korea » can be heard. They have even become formal suggestions by some strategists. We believe China’s policymakers will not follow them http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/774425.shtml

12 APRIL 2013

Is China ready to abandon North Korea?

Recently, China’s Communist leaders have deviated from their list of stock phrases, allowing their apparent frustration with Pyongyang to seep into public view.                                                                                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22062589

11 APRIL 2013

China grows weary of North Korea’s ‘chaos and conflict’

There was confusion at the China-North Korea border Thursday after Chinese tour operators halted trips into the North. http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/11/17701725-china-grows-weary-of-north-koreas-chaos-and-conflict?lite

10 APRIL 2013

North Korea, China’s problem child

Some Chinese may privately yearn for a split with North Korea, but saying it publicly can still be risky. It recently cost journalist Deng Yuwen his job.                                                                                                                                   http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-north-korea-20130411,0,4628971,full.story

China and Russia urge North Korea to step back from missile launch

North Korea’s two closest allies, China and Russia, have put pressure on Pyongyang to step back from launching a missile, the South Korean Foreign minister has said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9984010/China-and-Russia-urge-North-Korea-to-step-back-from-missile-launch.html

1 APRIL 2013

Chinese Editor Suspended for Article on North Korea

A well-known editor of an influential Communist Party journal said that he had been suspended after writing an article for a British newspaper saying that China should abandon its ally North Korea.                           http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/world/asia/chinese-suspend-editor-who-questioned-north-korea-alliance.html?goback=%2Egde_1133327_member_231901261&_r=0

9 MARCH 2013

China Says It Won’t Forsake North Korea, Despite Support for U.N. Sanctions

China’s foreign minister said Saturday that Beijing would not abandon North Korea, reiterating China’s longstanding position that dialogue, not sanctions, is the best way to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/china-says-it-will-not-abandon-north-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0 http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-foreign-minister-says-sanctions-not-solution-to-north-korea/1618337.html

8 MARCH 2013

China warns against Korea escalation

China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340

7 MARCH 2013

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0 http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10934.doc.htm http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133710449989855.html

5 MARCH 2013

US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions

U.N. diplomats say the United States and China have reached a tentative deal on new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, as Pyongyang threatened to disregard the armistice that ended its 1950 to 1953 war with South Korea http://www.voanews.com/content/un-security-council-to-discuss-north-korea-sanctions/1615283.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1258063/1/.html

24 FEBRUARY 2013

China living in denial of NK’s status as an ally

There used to be some sympathy in Asia for North Korea and its striving defiance of the US and others that it sees as enemies. But now, even China, the long viewed ally of North Korea, sees North Korea’s defiance as a nuisance. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/763728.shtml

13 FEBRUARY 2013

China calls in North Korean ambassador over nuke test

China’s foreign minister called North Korea’s ambassador in for a dressing-down and demanded his country cease making further threats, in a show of Beijing’s displeasure over its ally’s latest nuclear test. http://asiancorrespondent.com/97340/china-calls-in-nkorean-ambassador-over-nuke-test/                                                                                               http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/china-02132013015542.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

China should not fear NK disputes

It’s widely predicted that North Korea will soon conduct another nuclear test. Sino-North Korean relations now face a new challenge to maintain the traditional bonds of friendship. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/760434.shtml http://www.voanews.com/content/nuclear-test-north-korea-china/1598585.html

2 FEBRUARY 2013

China and North Korea

China continues to fret over its troublesome neighbour http://www.economist.com/news/china/21571196-china-continues-fret-over-its-troublesome-neighbour-naughty-step?fsrc=scn/ln_ec/on_the_naughty_step

25 JANUARY 2013

N. Korea faces China aid cut over atomic test: Media

North Korea’s sole major ally China will decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a planned nuclear test state-run media said in an unusually frank warning on Friday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130125-397957.htm http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9827061/US-and-China-come-together-over-defiant-North-Korea.html http://thediplomat.com/china-power/china-changing-its-tune-on-north-korea/?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_207922736

22 JANUARY 2013

China may block Korean unification, says US report

A recent report by US Senate Republican staff members warns that China, because of its deepening economic ties with North Korea as well as its ancient claims on Korean land, could attempt to « manage, and conceivably block » an eventual unification between the two Koreas, if ever the Kim family falls from power in Pyongyang. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/china-block-korean-unification-us

11 JANUARY 2013

China–North Korea relations under Xi Jinping

Is North Korea a Chinese strategic asset or just a burden to China’s foreign policy? http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/11/china-north-korea-relations-under-xi-jinping/

2 JUNE 2012

China must not let N.Korea go nuclear

North Korea has proclaimed itself as a nuclear state in its amended constitution. Washington and Seoul have dismissed the claim, saying that they would not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power. China should not join the two and help them exert pressure on North Korea. However, it is also necessary for China to criticize North Korea’s latest move and oppose its intention to legalize its nuclear status
http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/712600/China-must-not-let-NKorea-go-nuclear.aspx

30 MAY 2010

Pressure on China to censure N.Korea fails

South Korea and Japan pressed China Sunday to censure North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship, but failed to win its public support for the move after a three-way summit
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1059905/1/.html