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
This fits the larger picture that shows China as an assertive global power, albeit one which is aware of specific interests like Syria. It remains ambivalent in its relations with the United States as it follows its goal of controlling its neighbourhood in the East and South China Seas and flexing its military power in coercive diplomacy over disputed islands.
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