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North Korea sticks to its nuclear dreams despite China's warnings

With Pyongyang and Washington at an impasse, Beijing attempts to play go-between

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, meets his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho in Manila on the same day.   © Reuters

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.

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