China North Korea Troubled Friendship

February 12, 2013 - 2:32 AM
In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, a picture of Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, right, and North Korea's late leader Kim Il Sung is displayed on the Hekou Bridge, which once linked China and North Korea before it was bombed in the 1950's during the Korean War, in Hekou, China. China’s patience with North Korea is wearing thin, and a widely-expected nuclear weapons test by the latter could bring that frustration to a head. Beijing signaled its growing unhappiness by agreeing to tightened U.N. sanctions after North Korea launched a rocket in December, eliciting harsh criticism from Pyongyang and comment from China watchers surprised by Beijing’s unusually tough line. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)