China cools over North Korea after execution ends key link

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting the North Korean army (photo:dpa)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting the North Korean army (photo:dpa)

The brutal way in which North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un removed his uncle and second in command Jang Song-thaek raises questions about the stability of the country and whether the tenuous ties developed with China are all but gone.

THE WORLD is watching North Korea. But China is watching North Korea more closely. While thousands of Chinese turned to social media to write of their horror and shock at the sudden and brutal execution of North Korea’s second most powerful leader – China’s elite held back, silently very concerned.

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North Korea is one of the world’s greatest threats to international security - and China is fully aware of...

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