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Shooting yourself in the foot with a hydrogen bomb

As world powers work to verify North Korea's claims that it has tested a hydrogen bomb, others are asking what the country's only real ally -- China -- will do

James Griffiths reporting for CNN: while majority of countries are trying to verify North Korea's claims that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, one decided to make it position on the matter clear, regardless of the outcome. And it was no other than North Korea’s big brother from the North.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement that it "firmly opposes" this and any future nuclear tests by North Korea, Wednesday, with  spokeswoman Hua Chunying telling reporters that Beijing had not been given advanced warning of the test and would be summoning Pyongyang's ambassador to lodge a protest.

"If there was ever a moment for the Chinese to decide that now is the time that we really have to do something, this is it," said Mike Chinoy, former CNN international correspondent and the author of "Meltdown: The inside story of the North Korean nuclear crisis."

"The North Korean insult to China and Xi Jinping personally is really egregious. Xi Jinping is not a guy that takes this stuff lying down."

"The North Koreans really don't like the Chinese," said Chinoy.

"They resent the hell out of the Chinese. They hate the idea that the Chinese can come in and tell them what to do.

And the reality is the Chinese can't."

Despite what many tend to believe, relations between China and North Korea are not exactly warm. The decline started right after Kim Jong Un occupied his father’s dictator chair, swiftly eliminating some major government personas -- such as his uncle Jang Song Thaek – that had strong connections with China.

One other indicator could be the fact that Kim has never visited China as leader, nor has he met President Xi Jinping, despite reportedly lobbying to do so for several years.

However it is China who’s most displeased with Un, than anyone else. It sees him as a "very rogue, irresponsible and brattish leader," said Lee Jung Hoon, professor of International Relations at Yonsei University.

This could eventually play into the hand of the U.N. Security Council, which held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the first step towards imposing new sanctions. In a statement, the Council reiterated its intention to take "further significant measures" against North Korea.

"This is one of the few occasions in the world where China, U.S., Russia really need to agree on something," said Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies.

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