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China is unlikely to take action on North Korea over its recent nuclear test because the status quo remains preferable to destabilizing the country further

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he Chinese leadership is unlikely to act on North Korea's largest nuclear test to date because it is more worried that further destabilization could lead to a flood of millions of refugees and a reunification of the Korean Peninsula with a U.S. defense treaty in place.
9 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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