After Donald Trump seized the opportunity for direct talks with Kim Jong-un, the Chinese leadership cannot but hope for a successful outcome, knowing it will be its biggest strategic loser. Illustration: Craig Stephens

How China’s failure to watch its own backyard let the US gain the upper hand with North Korea

Maximilian Mayer says the proposed US-North Korea summit points to the limitations of China’s power in the region and the dangers of a grand geopolitical vision that neglects problems in the country’s neighbourhood

Topic |   North Korea nuclear crisis

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After Donald Trump seized the opportunity for direct talks with Kim Jong-un, the Chinese leadership cannot but hope for a successful outcome, knowing it will be its biggest strategic loser. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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