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Posted:  4/16/2013 7:57 AM #37347
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Subject: China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership
By Rodger Baker | April 16, 2013 China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea's behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea's largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against the United States and other powers. To outsiders, China's alliance with North Korea seems like a Cold War relic with little reason for persisting into the 21st century. However, Beijing's continued support for Pyongyang is not rooted in shared ideology or past cooperation nearly as much as in China's own security calculations.

Perhaps nothing sums up the modern relationship more effectively than the oft repeated comment that the two countries are "as close as lips and teeth." Far from a statement of intense friendship, the completion of that Chinese aphorism -- "When the lips are gone, the teeth will be cold" -- highlights China's interest in propping up the North Korean regime. North Korea serves as a buffer state for China's northeast, and though Pyongyang can exploit that need, the North Korean leadership harbors no illusion that China is truly interested in the survival of any particular North Korean regime so long as Beijing can keep its buffer. Read More »

 



Posted:  4/16/2013 1:50 PM #37359
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This is utter nonsense. There is no power in the solar system, even the entire Milky Way, that is seriously interested in attacking China. By virtue of its size and population, China has no natural enemies. If China demobilized itself completely, and became an Asian version of Costa Rica, it would be no less safe.


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