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Is China being left behind in U.S.-N Korea sparring?

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As the United States and North Korea exchange fiery words over the regime's growing weapons program, China -- the North's biggest ally and trade partner -- has receded into the background.

Donald Trump had been publicly prodding China for months to use its influence on Pyongyang, but this week the U.S. president pointed his verbal salvos directly at North Korea, warning of "fire and fury" if it endangered the United States.

That prompted a defiant Pyongyang to threaten a missile attack on Guam, a tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific that is home to major U.S. air and naval facilities.

The bellicose rhetoric overshadowed Beijing's calls for restraint and political dialogue.

"Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time," the state-run Global Times tabloid conceded in an editorial on Friday.

Here are three questions and answers on China's conundrum:


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