China has decided to ramp up its criticism of the hermit kingdom after its recent belligerent moves. Not only has the People's Republic recently criticized the Kim regime in an official newspaper, but it is now receiving a "special envoy" from the country. This comes after two days of North Korean missile tests.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a short dispatch Wednesday that the envoy was Choe Ryong Hae. There were no other details.
Choe is the North Korea military's top political officer tasked with supervising the 1.2-million-strong force. China is North Korea's only major political and economic benefactor.
Beijing has faced pressure from Washington to use its influence to push Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.