Wednesday, December 1, 2010

China, America, and the Koreas

  • "Experts say authority to resolve the situation has been effectively ceded to China and the United States," reports Yi Yong-in, noting that "[a] ]'three against three' framework with South Korea, the United States and Japan on one side and North Korea, China, and Russia on the other is showing signs of taking shape once again" — Cold War alliances reborn with regional tension.

  • Leon Hadar reminds us that "Korea is not in America’s strategic backyard but in China’s" and argues that "the most effective way for the U.S. to help achieve a stable balance of power in the Korean Peninsula is not by sending more war ships to South Korea but by providing incentives to the Chinese to stop making excuses for the North Koreans" — North Korea: Not America’s Problem.

  • "The [Chinese] support continues because China fears that the vacuum created by a sudden collapse [of North Korea] there would open the door to rule by South Korea, ‘and that will put an American military alliance on the doorstep of China," observes Cai Jian, professor of Korean studies at Fudan University, quoted by Ivan Eland, suggesting that "the implicit conclusion is that China’s seemingly irrational propping up of pariah North Korea becomes logical if China fears encirclement by a superpower and its allies practicing neo-containment more than it does a small, erratic nuclear country on its border" — US Policy Toward the Koreas Is Unrealistic.
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