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China Internet users blast mild official stance on North Korea

Published on Feb 13, 2013 2:01 PM
A South Korean soldier patrols near the demilitarised zone separating South Korea from North Korea, in Paju, north of Seoul on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest. Pyongyang said the test was an act of self-defence against "U.S. hostility" and threatened stronger steps if necessary. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese social media users berated authorities on Wednesday for their relatively mild response to North Korea's widely condemned nuclear test, likening Pyongyang to a "crazy dog" that had humiliated Beijing.

The aggression toward China's defiant neighbour contrasted with the official response from Beijing - expressing "firm opposition" but reiterating calls for calm and restraint and not mentioning any reprisals or sanctions.

Pyongyang conducted the test on Tuesday, two days after the Lunar New Year which is China's biggest annual festival, and as the public holiday continued.

"If you pursue an unjust long-term diplomatic policy, then people will dare to explode a stinkbomb at your door while you are on holiday," said Mr Yu Jianrong, a director at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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