January 7, 2014

China's North Korea Opportunity

Harry Kazianis, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

The Asia-Pacific is rife with security challenges—and almost all of them in some way involve the People’s Republic of China. In the East and South China Seas, control of islands and reefs create near daily challenges that show no sign of abating with Beijing asserting itself on the high seas and now in the air, bringing it into possible direct conflict with Washington. Border issues between China and India last year once again showed that the PRC has at least one land-based challenger left to concern herself with. Despite all this, there is one flashpoint that China does have at least some ability to influence directly to the betterment of not only its own raw national interest but all of Asia: the hermit kingdom itself, North Korea.

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