Thursday, July 25, 2013

China-North ties, sealed in blood, slowly unraveling

People power: Thousands of North Koreans participate in the 'Arirang' mass games — timed to mark this Saturday's 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War — in Pyongyang on Monday. | AP.

60 years after Korean War, relations re-examined


Six decades after treating Chinese soldiers traumatized from the battlefields of Korea, psychiatrist Xue Chongcheng remains convinced their sacrifices, which forged bonds between Beijing and Pyongyang in blood and fire, were essential.

But those ties, analysts and ordinary Chinese say, are becoming tarnished with the passage of time and generational change, with China rising to the forefront of global economics and geopolitics while frustration grows with a frequently troublesome nuclear neighbor.
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