- The decision comes months after the UN agreed new sanctions on North Korea
- There are many possible reasons why Beijing has decided to clamp down now
Kevin Gray is a Reader in International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex who specializes in North Korean development and inter-Korean relations. The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)China's announcement that it will suspend the import of North Korean coal until the end of 2017 appears to be a significant expression of Beijing's continued frustration with the Pyongyang regime.