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Chinese honor Kim Jong Il's rule of North Korea

For China, there's no reason to hope that North and South Korea will unify, because that would put a major U.S. ally on their border. But they also don't want to see North Korea dissolve into a humanitarian crisis on their border. So they play a delicate balancing game in supporting designated successor Kim Jong Un.

Chinese honor Kim Jong Il's rule of North Korea

For China, there's no reason to hope that North and South Korea will unify, because that would put a major U.S. ally on their border. But they also don't want to see North Korea dissolve into a humanitarian crisis on their border. So they play a delicate balancing game in supporting designated successor Kim Jong Un.