Beijing: China should make North Korea pay a "heavy price" if it went ahead with its planned nuclear test, a state-run daily said on Wednesday, expressing concern Pyongyang may even turn against Beijing, its main ally.
"If North Korea insists on a third nuclear test despite attempts to dissuade it, it must pay a heavy price. The assistance it will be able to receive from China should be reduced," state-run Global Times said in an editorial.
"Some Chinese scholars believe that China will face a diplomatic challenge if North Korea carries out a third nuclear test. They worry that Pyongyang will turn against China because of China's participation in some international sanctions against it," it said.
"In the worst case scenario, the rupture that occurred in relations between China and the Soviet Union will be repeated. Such concerns are driven by a lack of confidence in China's national strength, and they exaggerate North Korea's diplomatic irrationality," the daily said.