Puh'lease - The ChiComs could bring Dear Leader to bay any time they wanted to. Dear Leader is useful as a foil against the US.
The Australian: China's threat to N Korea over test [May 26, 2005]
: "CHINA has reportedly warned its ally North Korea of the 'grave consequences' of conducting a nuclear weapons test.
Quoting sources from the stalled six-party negotiations, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported the Chinese had delivered the Pyongyang regime its sharpest warning against exploding a nuclear device.
'The Chinese Government has strongly warned and urged against the carrying out of a nuclear test,' according to a source quoted by Kyodo, who also said the diplomatically menacing phrase 'grave consequences' had been used.
That report follows a meeting in Beijing between South Korean opposition leader Park Geun-hye and two key Chinese officials - Wang Jiarui, head of the Communist Party of China's international department and Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan - where Ms Park said they described a North Korean nuclear test as a red line."