China and Russia will likely join the West in criticizing any missile launch by North Korea over the coming days, but China appears to have opened up a new line of argument, blaming the United States in a newspaper editorial yesterday for the high state of tensions with North Korea. China’s goal, in criticizing the United States, is likely to provide Pyongyang with a face-saving way to step back from the brink of war. But the long-term consequences will mostly likely include a stronger, and more lethal, North Korean regime.
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