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April 13, 2013

Online, Chinese Express Scorn for Longtime Ally North Korea

By Steven Mufson

The Washington Post

BEIJING — The views posted on Chinese Internet sites about the diplomatic faceoff with longtime ally North Korea have been anything but diplomatic.

"China should make a pre-emptive strike on North Korea instead of waiting until the war happens," said a person using the pseudonym Power Plant of Plug.

Someone identified as Anti-Hurricane declared: "North Korea is an unfaithful wolf which will never be fully fed."

Yet another questioned China's fraternal relations with Pyongyang. "Is the country that threatened to turn another country into a sea of flames worth our help and support?" asked a person using the name Yan Heming.

Six decades after the Korean War ended, North Korea is sounding as bellicose as ever, but the average Chinese citizen has moved on, focusing on living standards, not war and revolution. And as the Chinese grow prosperous, they see little in common with the struggling people of the Marxist state, analysts say.

"It will be big trouble for China once the tide of North Korea refugees including drug dealers, NK agents and currency counterfeiters enters China. They want to destroy everyone," said the writer of Power Plant of Plug.

These days, the sacrifices China made fighting beside the North Koreans against U.S. and South Korean forces in the early 1950s seem distant.

"Several hundred thousand young lives were buried in their land. Did North Korea ever cherish that?" Yan asked. "We should abandon North Korea!"

The first two Kims to lead North Korea, Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il, took their own provocative actions — the 1983 bombing of South Korean leaders visiting Rangoon, Burma, the 1987 downing of a South Korean passenger plane and a 1990s uranium enrichment program that violated an agreement freezing nuclear weapons development.

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