China’s Nuclear Test: How Far Will Beijing Go to Curtail North Korea’s Atomic Provocations?

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Faced with a third North Korean nuclear test in less than seven years, United Nations diplomats headed Wednesday into an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council wondering about the answer to a vital question: How far will China be willing to go to contain a provocative neighbor that has upped the ante in its nuclear brinkmanship?
The answer, at least for now, is that Beijing is unlikely to go as far as the United States and its allies want. Following the closed-door meeting, the U.S. envoy to the U.N., Samantha Power, said Washington wants a “tough, comprehensive, and credible package of new sanctions” to punish North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s second nuclear test since he came to power in 2012