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Considering how Pyongyang occasionally makes noises about how mainland China is a "bad ally", and the fact that Beijing's a LOT closer to NK than the USA and Canada are...mainland China isn't a patron anymore. They're an extortion target.
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Paul Goble's Window on Eurasia blog notes the issue that western nations' leaders might see the disintegration of the Russian Federation as a bigger danger than its unity under Vladimir Putin.

I note that Russia's continuing possession of nuclear weapons is a legitimate grounds for the western nations' concern about that prospect. If the collapse has to happen at all, it follows, we want it to happen in a negotiated and orderly fashion. Or, at least, as much so as can be managed under the circumstances of the moment. Seeing the kind of disasters we saw in Rwanda, Yugoslavia or the like, with the addition of nuclear weapons in play to complicate such a horrific mess? Not wanted. At all.

I trust that the relevant authorities have been working on contingency plans to avert such horrors. Whoever those authorities are now.

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