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North Korea nuclear test puts pressure on China and undercuts Xi

This is not the first time Kim has chosen a provocative moment to flaunt his country's weapons

Jane Perlez | NYT 

It was supposed to be Xi Jinping’s moment to bask in global prestige, as the Chinese president hosted the leaders of some of the world’s most dynamic economies at a summit meeting just weeks before a Communist Party leadership conference. But just hours before Mr. Xi was set to address the carefully choreographed meeting on Sunday, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, detonated his sixth nuclear bomb. Mr. Kim has timed his nuclear tests and missile launches with exquisite precision, apparently trying to create maximum embarrassment for China. And on Sunday, a ...

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First Published: Mon, September 04 2017. 09:43 IST