North Korea is ignoring United Nations sanctions, building up its nuclear potential, abrogating all agreements with South Korea and openly threatening the United States. One view is that its neighbour, China, is increasingly at odds with North Korea but this report argues that the current Korean crisis fits perfectly into China’s longer-term strategy in the East and South China Seas and how it wants to deal with the United States.

GLOBAL tensions are rising in line with the rhetoric and threats emerging from North Korea. These could engulf world powers from both the East and the West.

North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, is defying the United Nations and openly threatening...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
It is also happening at a time when Japan’s new government is assuming a more assertive and self-assured role over China. Japan wants more freedom to act and is hoping any action it takes will be supported by the US strategic umbrella
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