“At the moment China has limited influence,” said Cai Jian, a professor of Korean studies at Fudan University. “On one hand it’s unhappy with North Korean actions and its provocative behavior, but on the other hand it still has to support North Korea.”
The support continues because China fears that the vacuum created by a sudden collapse there would open the door to rule by South Korea, “and that will put an American military alliance on the doorstep of China.”This could strengthen the hand of critics of North Korea within China, some of whom are geographically closest to the border. Many leaders in northeastern China are frustrated over the steady flow of refugees escaping poverty. Others are disappointed that North Korea has dashed decades of hopes for cross-border trade or special economic zones along the border.Probably China is the best candidate for keeping NK in line.“No matter whether it be within the party, among the people, or even within the military, China has grown increasingly sick and tired of North Korea’s rogue politics,” said a senior Chinese media commentator, who asked not to be named because of the delicacy of the issue. “But strategically, China’s kidnapped by it.”
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South Korea's industries are their concern not ours. Their problems with North Korea are their concern not ours. Yes they are an ally. And yes we should use diplomatic pressure, the UN, and even provide military hardware if they have the money to buy it.
But this is the same nonsense we fall into every 10 years or so. The bottom line for the US is we have to learn how to mind our own business. If the Koreans want to blow each other up, then I guess we'll have to start making our TV's and Computers here again. Hell, we need the jobs anyway.
Last edited by david gibson; 11-24-2010 at 08:19 PM.
been thinkin' on this - and this is how i see it:
China is on N korea's side, they cant let that territory slide to our side and wont stand for it, so of course if we ever attacked NK we would have them to deal with. now - China aint so happy with their little brat brother doing all this sabre rattling, they see no need for it. but of course NK has its own agenda, and they are an irrational bunch. just look at their hair styles...
so, if NK were so bold/stupid to invade SK, i would bet dollars to donuts China will invade NK and occupy them immediately and disarm their forces so as to avoid a confrontation with the west and still achieve what they need - control over that region. then we are back to square one, but with China in control of the NK territory.
my point is China is only their good time friend, they only tolerate them for the time being and dont trust the little troll doll and his sons.. they will trample them in a heartbeat to achieve their own goals.
Do you think it takes longer to amass an invasion force from 500 miles away or amass a response to a "detected" invasion from 5,000?
One can almost see how it might play out...due to the increased tension, North Korea announces they are holding a massive military exercise along the DMZ and instead of heading north the aggressor army heads south...
Leaving about 50,000 U.S. troops and the South Korean's in front of the North Korean army is exactly what has happened. The U.S. troops serve as trip wires. They are there to ensure a direct and immediate military response if the North should invade. Someone posted earlier here that they were "speed bumps." It is not a pleasant thought, but perhaps an accurate one.
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