Chinese power over North Korea? It’s more myth than reality

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2013, file photo, a tourist stands behind a picture of Mao Zedong, right, founder of the People’s Republic of China and North Korea’s late leader Kim Il Sung on the Hekou Bridge, linking China and North Korea, which was bombed in the 1950’s during the Korean War, in Hekou, China. At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world’s most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs. The countries, after all, share a long, porous border, several millennia of history and deep ideological roots. Tens, and possibly hundreds, of thousands of Chinese soldiers, including Mao’s son, died to save North Korea from obliteration during the Korean War, and China is essentially Pyongyang’s economic lifeline, responsible for most of its trade and oil. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

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