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Why the Fight With North Korea Is Really About China


October 12, 2017
By Elizabeth Dias

In recent weeks, President Trump and Pyongyang have escalated their war of words over North Korea's nuclear weapons testing, with both sides hinting it could end with a nuclear conflict. But while the rhetoric has focused on North Korea, the Central Intelligence Agency is just as worried about China. CIA analysts say the North Korean tests have heightened the concerns the U.S. has about managing the rise of China, which sees the conflict as a way of keeping the U.S. off-balance in Asia while maintaining its influence over its immediate neighbors.
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