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The documents released by Wikileaks provide a fascinating insight into the relationship between two of the world's most secretive nations - China and North Korea.  Official statements from both countries rarely stray from well-worn diplomatic language and are often hard to interpret.

But these leaks - using bold and clear language - lay out what appears to be China's growing frustration with North Korea.

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Is this the end of the greatest bromance of the century?  Time will tell.  As we look to an uncertain future, let us reflect on a history fraught with awkward photo opportunities:

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BEIJING - China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) seek an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, leaders of both nations have agreed.

The pledge comes at a time when several parties involved in the nuclear talks have strengthened diplomatic efforts to restart the deadlocked mechanism.

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Some boring stuff nobody really cares about )
This has all been kind of heavy stuff so I guess I will round out this post with something that is probably more in line with the spirit of ontd_political: a tribute to that most colorful leader, Hu Zongtong, and all of the truly awkward photo ops he has subjected the unwitting public to, as inspired by that gem at the top of the post.Hu will be the first to make a pun? )
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is probably more embarrassed than anyone to learn of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s unexpected visit to China Thursday.
On a visit to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, Carter had an itinerary that included a meeting and dinner with the North’s No. 2 man Kim Yong Nam. Carter arrived at Sunan Airport in Pyongyang Wednesday afternoon.

Kim Kye Kwan, the North’s chief negotiator to the six-party nuclear talks, received Carter at the airport and accompanied Kim Yong Nam at the dinner held at Baekhwawon State Guest House.

The North’s official news media said Carter did not have the chance to meet Kim Jong Il. The North Korean leader went to China on an exclusive train that crossed the Chinese border on his previous China visits, and will probably return in about a week.

Because of this, it was deemed virtually impossible for Carter to meet Kim Jong Il.

The main purpose of the former U.S. president’s visit was to gain the release of the detained American Aijalon Mahli Gomes. Carter, however, also spoke of a “grand vision” of bringing Pyongyang back to the negotiating table and tackling the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional peace through a meeting with Kim Jong Il.

Given the situation, Carter might very well feel embarrassed and disappointed.

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Making fun of Jimmy Carter is about as funny as making fun of Dan Quayle nowadays, but I think it is in rather poor taste for Jimmy Carter to oversee a hostage's return to the United States from an antagonistic country, all things considered.

Whenever North Korea and China's relationship gets brought up, I feel bad for China.  North Korea is like the best friend China had in elementary school who grew up to be the creepiest kid in town and is sort of embarrassing now that China has friends that don't talk about their dead cat collection at parties.


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