China and North Korea, Brothers No More

It will hurt, but Beijing must carefully take a stronger approach to North Korea to prevent a collapse of Asia's nuclear house of cards

"As close as lips and teeth." That once-popular phrase can no longer be used to describe China's decades-old close fraternal Communist relationship with North Korea. With Pyongyang's nuclear test on Oct. 9, it looks increasingly as if Beijing will have to jettison its longtime go-soft approach with its trouble-making neighbor and adopt a much tougher, confrontational stance.

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