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US Officials Warn of China’s Waning Influence on North Korea

China’s influence on North Korea is waning, posing a security threat to the United States, Pentagon officials have warned. The warning came amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s threats signaling plans for a long-range rocket launch and subsequent nuclear test. David Shear, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, and Admiral Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on...

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