Kim making a monkey out of China in the Year of the Monkey

March 4, 2016: Supreme leader Kim Jong-un (C) runs a joint drill of military units at an undisclosed location in North Korea (source: dpa)
March 4, 2016: Supreme leader Kim Jong-un (C) runs a joint drill of military units at an undisclosed location in North Korea (source: dpa)

The Chinese government must have expected that its trouble-bag of an ally, North Korea’s strongman Kim Jong-un, would pull some attention-grabbing stunt on the occasion of the Chinese and Korean New Year, which started on February 8 this year. Perhaps that was the reason why Wu Dawei, the Chinese foreign ministry special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, was sent to Pyongyang on February 2, just before the end of the Year of the Sheep.

He carried three requests to North Korea’s supreme leader: establish a political dialogue with South Korea, go back to the six-party negotiations on your nuclear program and do not launch any missiles or atomic devices. According to a source...

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