The segment has some-more bad news for China. Even the solitary ally, North Korea, is increasingly independent. Its chief and barb tests mostly seem timed to disparage Beijing, and give China’s adversaries like Japan an forgive to build adult their militaries. North Korea apparently hopes to one day strike a understanding with Washington, permitting it to stand out from a half-century of Chinese dominance. If Beijing can't keep even North Korea as a customer state, it will have difficulty cultivating others.