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The US has urged China to pressure North Korea into curtailing its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. But Chinese President Xi Jinping's priority is to maintain the domestic and international status quo, ensuring the Communist Party's smooth transition behind him at the 19th Party Congress next autumn. Major change in Beijing's behaviour is unlikely before then.
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