Watching Kim Jong Un glide into Beijing for the fourth time since his New Year’s Day speech of 2018, there is an emerging feeling of familiarity around this diplomatic pattern.
The questions are increasingly familiar, too.
Questions like: is China going to lighten its finger on the United Nations scales or obliterate whatever is left of the sanctions enforcement regime along its long land border with North Korea and in the port of Dalian? (Quite possibly.)
Is Kim Jong Un in Beijing simply to poke the belligerent Americans on behalf of his Chinese comrades? (Answering this question