US Might Have Unlikely Ally Against N. Korea: China
Beijing shows signs it's getting fed up with Pyongyang: New York Times
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2013 9:47 AM CDT
Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses students in Moscow last month.   (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

(Newser) – American efforts to rein in North Korea have long run into one big roadblock called China, but that might be changing, reports the New York Times. New President Xi Jinping seems more receptive to working with the West to keep the North in check, as seen in Beijing's quick support of the recent UN sanctions. The development has touched off a relative frenzy of diplomacy between DC and Beijing on the subject, including a call from President Obama to Jinping, says the Times.

Another sign of the shift is that China has not objected in public or private over US moves to beef up its military presence in the region amid Pyongyang's near-daily threats. “What we have seen is a subtle change in Chinese thinking,” says Kurt Campbell, a former assistant secretary of state. Beijing seems to have concluded that it's no longer worth jeopardizing its ties to the West, and its own national security, over the whims of the North.

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Apr 7, 2013 9:10 AM CDT
Man, man, these people don't know who their dealing with. Obumer will send that senator from CA., what's her name, Frankenstein(?), over there and start gun control. While she's there, he'll buy more bullets to train(ha ha) with and get on air force one and go play golf. After that, go to NK and give them more money.
Apr 6, 2013 10:20 PM CDT
Fat boy Kim is screwed in the head. i've been saying so forever. i even asked a professional psychologist friend of mine, and she officially categorized him as a narcissistic delusionist. She agreed with me 100%... then we had sex.
Apr 6, 2013 8:17 PM CDT
Tell China they can put factories there,,,,, that should do it...