1. Calming Down

    U.S. Looks to China to Help with North Korea

    A South Korean Army soldier walks on Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Saturday, April 6, 2013. More South Koreans on Saturday began to leave North Korea and the factory park where they work, four days after Pyongyang closed the border to people and goods. (AP Photo/AhnnYoung-joon)

    S. Korean soldier patrolling in Paju on Saturday. (Ahn Young-joon/AP),Ahn Young-joon

    As the situation with North Korea continues, the United States is leaning on the country's only major ally to step in. The Obama administration has been working with China to handle its small ally, counting on China's increasing frustration with Pyongyang. The administration has briefed Chinese officials on American plans to upgrade missile defenses in the area, among other deterrence strategies. Although China has been wary of American attempts to reassert itself in Asia, it is also aware of already-strained ties.

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