Pyongyang heartache for friendless China

For China, Kim Jong-un’s violent rule has been personally insulting. As relations continue to sour the US has an opening to turn the region's alliances.

Hong Kong – At a time when China’s territorial assertiveness has strained its ties with many countries in the region, and its once-tight hold on Myanmar has weakened, its deteriorating relationship with North Korea, once its vassal, renders it a power with no real allies. The question now is whether the United States and other powers can use this development to create a diplomatic opening to North Korea that could help transform northeast Asia’s fraught geopolitics.

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