MANILA -- The relationship between China and North Korea is not quite as special as it once was. Chinese President Xi Jinping has often referred to their "blood ties," forged when the two sides fought against the U.S. in the Korean War. More recently, Beijing has repeatedly defended Pyongyang against pressures from Washington, protecting the rogue nation almost as if it were a wayward younger brother.
North Korea sticks to its nuclear dreams despite China's warnings
With Pyongyang and Washington at an impasse, Beijing attempts to play go-between