While the editorials are not official pronouncements, they serve as an indication of the thinking within the Chinese Communist Party, which is now caught not just in a tough spot diplomatically, but which also has to address concerns at home about radiation along its northeastern border with North Korea.
The Beijing media mouthpieces also did not waste any time in pulling the U.S. into the fray, noting that the country was the world's biggest nuclear power.
"The U.S. may be hesitant about launching military strikes on North Korea, but it is good at disrupting developing countries by disintegrating cohesion or initiating color revolutions," said the Global Times.
China Daily editor Zhu Ping warned, meanwhile, that China "should not bear the brunt of the deadlock" between the U.S. and North Korea in formally ending the Korean War.
There seems to be no doubt among the media commentators that China-North Korea ties will worsen in the aftermath of the hydrogen bomb detonation.