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S. Korea-China summit reveals fundamental differences on North Korea: U.S. experts

Updated: 2014-07-04 18:02:04 (KST)
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Now watching all the diplomatic action in Korea today and yesterday between Korea and China
U.S. specialists in Korean affairs say the South Korea-China summit was a constructive one overall, but were largely critical of the two countries for failing to bring about a groundbreaking deal on the North Korean nuclear issue.
Experts, including Victor Cha of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, pointed out that the two countries hold fundamentally different views on North Korea.
Cha said Beijing has made a tactical shift, but it has yet to make a strategic one.
Another expert on North Korea, Joel Wit of the 38 North website at Johns Hopkins University, says China may have intended to send a political message to Pyongyang through the summit, but it remains unclear whether Beijing has undertaken any substantive changes on how it handles the communist state.


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