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Why Kim Jong-un is not Afraid of China’s Sanctions

Well-known Chinese online military news site Folk Military recently posted a commentary analyzing why North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un is not worried about China’s sanctions under the UN resolution. The Chinese government sponsors Folk Military. This commentary is the first government-backed article that has publicly criticized Kim Jong-un and has not been removed based on government censorship. The author expressed the belief that Kim is still overwhelmed by the false impression of domestic political control established over generations of dictatorship. Furthermore, China has largely provided life support for North Korea and the Chinese supply hasn’t really been cut. However, the article warned that the current attitude Kim is displaying against China is endangering his support from China and the Chinese leadership. Chinese President Xi Jinping especially may not be willing to give him too much time to wake up.

Source: Folk Military, September 24, 2016