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China trying 'very hard' to exert influence over N. Korea

2013/08/06 19:30

By Kim Deok-hyun

BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- China, North Korea's foremost ally and its biggest trading partner, is trying "very hard" to exert its influence in persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons program, a former Chinese diplomat said Tuesday.

Ruan Zongze, now vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, said, however, that he expects no major policy changes toward North Korea by China's new leadership, despite Beijing's growing frustration with its unpredictable ally.