What Can US Expect from China in Dealing with North KoreaPosted: March 27, 2012
China is now the only country that has great influence on North Korea. In fact, Kim Jong-il went to China to get its support before he announced his choice of Kim Jong-un as his successor and Kim Jong-un cannot maintain his leadership now without Chinese support.
Obama is clever to tell North Korea that America harbors no enmity against North Korea. Without the enmity, Kim Jong-un will gradually lose his people’ and officials’ support in squandering money to develop sophisticated weapons. However, Obama seems to regret that China is unable to help US resolve the North Korean problem.
Kim Jong-un’s priority now is to develop economy to feed his people and improve their living standards. In so doing, he needs Chinese funds, technology and management experience. China, however, needs North Korea’s labor and natural resources. US pressure on North Korea over its weapon development will only enhance North Korea’s dependence on China and facilitate China’s exploitation of North Korean resources.
Why shall China help America ease the tension between America and North Korea? Will China gain anything in doing so? Normalization of relations between America and North Korea will enable America to compete with China in investing in North Korea and exploiting the human and natural resources there. Obama seems to forget: the driving force behind international affairs is interest.
Why is North Korea not willing to give up its development of carrier missiles that is too expensive for a small and poor country? It wants to blackmail America since America is willing to pay. It may perhaps be profited if America is willing to give it substantial compensation.
As I pointed out in my previous post, America shall just ignore North Korea’s threat and treat it with contempt. It shall focus on its own domestic problems and let the UN, South Korea and Japan to deal with the issue.