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Happy anniversary, North Korea!

Sixty years ago next month, North Korea invaded South Korea, triggering the 'police action' known as the Korean War.

After United Nations forces intervened and pushed the North Koreans back to the Yalu River, China jumped in on the side of its Communist comrade and drove U.N. forces back below the 38th Parallel.

With North Korea's torpedoing of a South Korean corvette last month, tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao recently visited South Korea to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

Unsurprisingly, China proved unwilling to condemn longtime ally North Korea for its belligerent action, and Wen even avoided mentioning the country by name in his post-summit remarks.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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“China is persistent in supporting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”

— Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao