Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un pictured in Pyongyang in 2019. Photo: AFP
Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un pictured in Pyongyang in 2019. Photo: AFP

Why US calls for China to act over North Korean missiles may test limits of Beijing’s influence

  • Kim Jong-un’s regime has stepped up its testing this year, prompting the US and South Korea to ask China to do more to rein in the North
  • It is unclear how far Beijing can pressure Pyongyang, and some Chinese observers say it is reluctant to push too hard

Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un pictured in Pyongyang in 2019. Photo: AFP
Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un pictured in Pyongyang in 2019. Photo: AFP
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