China Growing Frustrated With North Korea, Academic Zhu Says

Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Peking University, comments on China’s reaction to North Korea following yesterday’s artillery attack on a South Korean island.

"The attack has injected growing anxiety about the stability of the North Korean behavior among Chinese diplomats and officials.

"I see growing anxiety about the instability of North Korea’s behavior and increasing frustration. This attack proves that North Korea is entirely a minus to China’s foreign policy.

"So far I see no evidence that events will dramatically change China’s policy.

"I see two sides to the story. One is no change, the other is a new imperative to reconsider the relationship."

--Michael Forsythe. Editors: John Brinsley

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