SEOUL, South Korea — China has uncomfortably backed North Korea since the 1950s, at times treating South Korea as a direct enemy and, more recently, a wary and reserved trading partner.
But this time around, are Beijing and Seoul on the verge of a honeymoon in the face of Pyongyang’s war threats?
It’s possible. Behind the scenes, Seoul has been carving out the beginnings of a grander, longer-term strategy to deal with a militant North Korea, say analysts.
The South is quietly sewing up old wounds and trying to invigorate its relationship with its powerful and often difficult neighbor, China. Such a move would eventually, in theory, lure China away from supporting North Korea, an uneasy ally that it upholds with trade and subsidies despite criticizing its third nuclear test in early February. READ MORE