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Chinese Newspaper Warns North Korea Over Nuclear Test

One of China’s most popular newspapers has taken the unusual step of publishing a warning to North Korea over its intentions to conduct further nuclear tests.

A bilingual editorial in the Global Times newspaper (via BBC News) says China must reduce aid to North Korea if the hermit state follows through on its threat to conduct a third nuclear test. The editorial states:

“If North Korea insists on a third nuclear test despite attempts to dissuade it, it must pay a heavy price. The assistance it will be able to receive from China should be reduced. The Chinese government should make this clear beforehand to shatter any illusions Pyongyang may have.

“China is never afraid of Pyongyang… If Pyongyang gets tough with China, China should strike back hard, even at the cost of deteriorating bilateral relations.”

This is notably frank language from a Chinese media outlet, particularly one such as the Global Mail. As a daily tabloid owned by the Communist Party of China, it could be argued the Mail‘s editorial stance is not too distant from the policies of the administration in Beijing.

China and North Korea are traditionally close allies. As well as being responsible for the bulk of aid given annually to North Korea, China is also the primary trade partner of the isolated state.

However, ties between the two countries have been strained recently, with Beijing displeased by the North’s threat of further nuclear tests and the North unhappy at China’s support for a fresh round of UN sanctions.

Chinese Newspaper Warns North Korea Over Nuclear Test