CRACKS OPEN IN N.KOREA-CHINA TIES
The Chosun Ilbo, June 7, 2011
Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie's frank comments about North Korea on Sunday were "extremely rare" according to a South Korean intelligence official. "We are trying to persuade them not to take risks," Liang said in a speech at the 10th International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore.
North Korea earlier stepped up the rhetoric against South Korea, saying it would no longer engage the South, revealing a secret meeting with Seoul officials, and threatening "retaliation" for South Korean attempts at psychological warfare.
These developments came in the days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned from a visit to China, and observers believe there must be a connection between Kim's disappointment with the visit and his return to belligerence.
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