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Chinese Media Sour on North Korea

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Posted on Jun 1, 2009
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China takes a lot of heat for being too buddy-buddy with North Korea, but if the harsh words in one of the middle kingdom’s tabloids are any indication, Beijing is none too happy with Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. “This is an unprecedented threat that China has never faced in its thousands of years,” says a writer in the Global Times, a People’s Daily spinoff.

Reuters:

“This is an unprecedented threat that China has never faced in its thousands of years.”

On Monday, a commentary in the same paper called North Korea a “strategic burden” for China. Not the kind of language the government would have allowed earlier this year, when the focus was on celebrating 60 years of ties with the Communist North.

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