China’s game in North Korea: What does China have to gain by keeping the status quo?

(Credit: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

This post originally appeared on Globalist

President Donald Trump wants China to solve his number one foreign policy challenge — taming the nuclear ambitions of North Korea’s mad young dictator, Kim Jong-un.

But China would like to use North Korea to weaken the U.S./South Korea alliance and undermine the U.S.’ position in Asia.

North Korea is a very curious case. During the Cold War period, it was not very different from other communist...

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