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Between the devil and the deep sea

China's dilemma deepens as the Kim Jong-un regime openly challenges its leading benefactor by claiming miniature hydrogen bomb test.

STRATEGIC CHALLENGE: North Koreans shown in mass rallies held across the country vowing to carry out tasks set forth by leader Kim Jong Un in this undated photo released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Friday.

NORTH Korea again surprised the world on Jan 6 by claiming that it tested a miniature hydrogen bomb. While the actual type of bomb has yet to be confirmed, news of the test sent shockwaves reverberating around the world, especially for North Korea's lead ally, China. By defying China's explicit...