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Public resentment grows in China over N. Korea's nuclear test

2016/01/12 11:16

BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- In China's strict-controlled online media, public resentment against North Korea's fourth nuclear test is growing with some social media users criticizing their government for not taking a tougher response to the North's test.

Since North Korea announced that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test last Wednesday, a newspaper published by the Chinese Communist Party has conducted five rounds of online opinion polls about the North's test.

In one opinion poll of some 42,500 people by the state-run Global Times, 81 percent say the North's nuclear test poses a threat to China's security.

In another poll of 4,900 people by the same paper, 82 percent responded that they support new sanctions by the U.N. Security Council against North Korea.

Some Internet users posted comments about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the newspaper's website, likening him to an "extremely crazy guy."

   Other users say China must cut its aid of oil and food to North Korea.

China is North Korea's top trading partner and supplies almost all of the isolated ally's energy needs, but many analysts believe that China's Communist Party leadership won't exert enough leverage on North Korea because a sudden collapse of the North's regime could threaten China's own security interests.