North Korea is fueling a debate in ruling circles in Beijing over how far China should go in backing the regime in Pyongyang.
Bill Clinton spoke to Kim Jong-il about detained South Koreans and missing Japanese citizens. But N. Korea's neighbors are skeptical of any move away from six-party framework for dialogue.
The US deployed antimissile defense systems in response to reports that North Korea could launch a long-range missile toward the island early next month.
UN condemnation brings vows from North to restart nuclear program, pull out of six-party talks.
The wish list includes continued security aid to balance China, greater engagement, and trade.
Ma Ying-jeou, a former mayor of Taipei and Harvard Law School graduate, may face resistance to his conciliatory approach.
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