The wave of international criticism against North Korea’s recent failed missile launch, and the international jitters over a possible new nuclear test haven’t fazed the DPRK’s best friend.As Reuters reports, China’s President Hu Jintao has vowed to stand by his man in Pyongyang.
“The traditional friendship between China and North Korea was personally created and nurtured by our two parties’ and countries’ former generation of revolutionaries, and is our precious common treasure,” Hu said, according to Xinhua.“Constantly consolidating and developing Chinese-North Korean friendly cooperation is the firm and unbending policy of China’s party and government,” he added.
This is a logical move for the Chinese. Myanmar’s defection from its tight relationship with China deprives Beijing of its only other reliable ally, and the US has won widespread support among China’s neighbors in recent months. North Korea’s value to China has increased as a result of China’s regional isolation. Both Pyongyang and Beijing understand that, which is part of the reason why North Korea has felt free to embark on a more aggressive policy — and why China has been unwilling and perhaps also unable to rein the young Kim in.