The Real Bridge to Nowhere: China’s Foiled North Korea Strategy

11 12 2009

URL: http://library.usip.org/articles/1012201.1098/1.PDF. Source: USIP.

On January 1, 2009, Chinese President Hu Jintao and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il exchanged greetings and declared 2009 the “year of China-DPRK friendship,” marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Despite pledges to deepen cooperation and promote exchanges, however, the New Year began with the China-North Korean border closed and pervasive uncertainty about Kim’s health and the political stability of the DPRK.

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