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As It Strains to Manage the Koreas, China Gets Assertive

Feb 21, 2017 | 01:27 GMT
As It Strains to Manage the Koreas, China Gets Assertive
Beijing's ban on exports of North Korean coal, a key source of export revenue for Pyongyang, is sure to hurt the cash-strapped country. China hopes the economic penalty will help it rein in North Korea's nuclear provocations.
(MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

That Beijing applied pressure against its Korean neighbors is neither surprising nor unprecedented. As the dominant regional power and top economic partner of each country, Beijing has many options to try to bend the actions of both countries. And lately China has begun turning toward more assertive means to influence their actions, but even those means have limits....

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