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Chinese Regime to Reinforce its Influence on North Korea after Kim’s Death

For more news and videos visit ➡‬Follow us on Twitter ➡‬Add us on Facebook ➡‬We begin today with continuing coverage of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.[.]The Chinese regime will need to quickly make strategic moves in reinforcing its influence on North Korea, according to some Chinese experts. This comes after the announcement of the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.Kim died from a heart attack on Saturday. His death was announced two days later on Monday. Following the announcement, North Korean state authorities advised Kim's successor should be his youngest son, Kim Jong-un.The New York Times reported the late announcement could be an indication of a shaky transition of power.The South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported North Korea conducted short-range missile tests on Monday before announcing Kim's death. South Korea responded immediately, placing its military on high alert.While North Koreans are grieving, there is mounting concern as to whether Kim Jong-un—in his late twenties—could hold onto his reigns despite rival divisions.A Beijing Renmin University professor, Shi Yinhong, said the younger Kim is (quote) "ill-prepared to take over," according to the New York Times report.The report cited Jilin University professor Xu Wenji—an ex-Chinese envoy to South Korea—saying the Chinese regime carries greater responsibility to maintain stability between North and South Korea.China has been a long-time ally of North Korea. The New York Times cited China expert John Delury from Yonsei University in Seoul. Delury said only the Chinese officials (quote) "Can pick up the phone and talk to North Koreans counterparts about what is going on, what to expect."For the Chinese regime, North Korea serves as a tactical buffer against the United States and its regional allies. And North Korea has been a long-time close ally of the Chinese regime.

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