China quickly stated its disappointment with North Korea after Pyongyang's recent claim to have tested a nuclear device. But, standing near the lobby of a certain, bright red hotel in downtown Beijing, you would think their relationship was as blissful as ever. Here, in the quaint, small Pyongyang Art Studio, you'll find paintings, propaganda posters, coffee mugs, T-shirts and cigarettes from the hermit kingdom. Owner Nick Bonner, a Briton, lives in Beijing and runs tours in and out of North Korea, as well as making films about the country. In recent days, his mobile phone has been buzzing with reporters looking for North Korean experts to talk to - but not much of it has been about art. 'North Korea is always on the front page for something,' Mr Bonner said - in response to a question about whether the nuclear test would mean an increase or decrease in art sales. 'So I don't think it will affect us that much.' Beijingers themselves seem to see North Koreans sympathetically. Locals have told me they see the country as being in the same state as mainland China 20 years ago. 'I feel bad for them,' one woman said. 'It's where we were at one time.' Indeed, many of the offerings in Mr Bonner's shop are reminiscent of old, Chinese-style propaganda posters. There are close-ups of smiling soldiers with tanks lined up in the background, all done in glaringly bright colours. And then there are beaming workers staring resolutely into the distance. At the back of the shop, the kitsch turns to truer attempts at art - including landscapes such as Morning at a Brook by Chae Enong-hui and Wild Geese at Moonlight by Li Il. Mr Bonner would like to take these works abroad. As a friend of some of the artists, he believes that presenting their work is one of the best ways to show the world that North Koreans aren't just 'goose-stepping automatons'. The shop does, in some ways, make North Korea feel more real than all the magazine features claiming to 'get inside' the country. But it's still a stretch of the imagination to call much of this 'art'. You'd only buy one so you could say it was from North Korea. But that impulse is not difficult to understand. The world is rightfully fearful that North Korea may have the potential to launch nuclear weapons over its borders. There's also something fascinating about a country that can remain so closed and secretive for so long. If China's leaders are not sure how to deal with Pyongyang, they might find ideas on the studio's bookshelf of titles from the North. They include Outstanding Leadership and Brilliant Victory, and the alluringly entitled Distortion of US Provocation of Korean War. If world events take a turn for the worse, that one may prove to be rather useful.