Lawmakers approved the measure on a 419-1 as tensions continued to mount over North Korea's advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
That friendship has been a point of contention between China and the US, which have long harbored differing views on how to grapple with North Korea's missile tests and nuclear developments.
Although Beijing has announced its willingness to cooperate with the USA to reach a peaceful solution to the issues in the Korean Peninsula, it has explicitly said this depends on the cooperation of all concerned parties, not only China.
Of course, no one would imagine such a provocative article could be published by any North Korean outfit without the blessing of dictator Kim Jong-un, but putting a single name on the piece gives North Korea a little wiggle room to disavow its harsh words if China objects too strongly or does whatever is needed to calm the Kim regime down.
Geng, however, also said China was "firmly committed" to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula through dialogue and consultation.
Since assuming office, Trump has frequently tweeted about North Korea and has said Pyongyang is "looking for trouble" and has been "behaving very badly".
His chief rival is former software mogul Ahn Cheol-soo, who is more centrist than Moon and has a tougher stance on North Korea that would more closely align with the conservative approach of sanctions, pressure and promises of aid in return for disarmament.
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Mr Murphy said, without providing specifics, that "considerable common ground was identified" between the U.S. and ASEAN on North Korea, adding the assassination of Kim Jong-nam had "galvanised concern in the region".
In theory, North Koreans can still cruise the country in Pyeonghwa sedans, as United Nations sanctions only now ban the sale of aviation, jet and rocket fuel to Pyongyang. In their view, the Chinese see the country as a security buffer against the USA military presence in South Korea, a source of cheap raw materials, a bargaining chip in its negotiations with Japan and, most importantly, a way to hedge against the existence of a united and pro-Western Korea.
The KCNA commentary denounced the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist party, and the Global Times, which sometimes reflects the thinking of the leadership, as having "raised lame excuses for the base acts of dancing to the tune of the US".
Pyongyang had acted as a buffer between Beijing and Washington since the Korean War in the 1950s and "contributed to protecting peace and security of China", it said, adding that its ally should "thank the DPRK for it".
But there is a likelihood that North Korea will attempt to improve relations with Russian Federation as a result of its fraying ties with China, a move to break out of diplomatic isolation.
"Pyongyang obviously is grappling with some form of irrational logic over its nuclear program", it said in a Thursday editorial. "I think they are the best dictator in the whole planet".
In recent days, the paper also warned that China was able to strike back "at any side that crosses the red line" and would impose an oil embargo against the North in response to any more tests.