Responding to concerns that Westerners may be confronted with violent attacks on or near Christmas, China has increased security in areas popular with foreigners. The sight of armed guards in their midst has some reassured and others scared.
The UN Security Council has condemned what it called North Korea's "highly provocative" ballistic missile launch that flew over Japan. In response, Pyongyang has vowed to complete its nuclear weapons program.
Whenever the situation on the Korean Peninsula gets tense, calls ring out for China to mediate. Beijing, it is said, should put pressure on its neighbor and its leader Kim Jong-un. But China has its own opinion.
Germany's foreign minister has urged "pressure and dialogue" to stop North Korea's nuclear and missile program. The US has said diplomacy is still an option, but if it fails military action is on the table.
Even after multiple rounds of sanctions, Pyongyang is continuing to provoke the international community with weapons testing. China and the US face bad options, and each other, in creating a united front.
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