China's apparent rebuilding of more friendly relations with North Korea may form part of Beijing's strategy to use its developing relations with North Korea as a lever in any attempts by Washington to forge some kind of unity between North and South Korea. Strategically the re-unification of Korea as part of the Washington empire can cause alarm in Beijing. Given that relations between the US and North Korea appear to be improving it would seem that China is seeking to rebuild relations with North Korea as a counterweight to the strategic threat of any reunification.
North Korea, it would seem, hopes to exploit this rivalry between Beijing and Washington.
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