Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chat during a meeting in Beijing in June 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE
Donald Kirk
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Donald Kirk

As China feuds with the US, don’t expect it to encourage better behaviour from North Korea

  • Donald Kirk says despite hopes that China will encourage Kim Jong-un to seek a detente, what Beijing really wants is to make life difficult for Washington as the trade war and Huawei case drag on

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chat during a meeting in Beijing in June 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.