China to Defend North Korea

Should North Korea go ahead with a long-range rocket launch as early as next week, China will likely repeat its typically tepid and equivocal approach — requesting the international community to act in a calm manner, an expert said Friday.

Pyongyang will apparently try to ride on its renewed “blood alliance” with Beijing in defending itself from pressure from other regional powers, according to Masako Ikegami, professor of political science at Stockholm University.

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