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President Donald Trump agreed to a face-to-face summit with North Korea’s
dictator because he hoped against hope that Kim Jong-un could somehow be
persuaded to give up his stockpile of nuclear weapons and stop ballistic
missile development programs. Now, back at home, the dictator is busy assuring
his cadre and public that he will not allow any of it.
China & Northeast Asia
Korea’s political philosophy makes the leader the “father” of the nation – and Kim
Jong-un expects to be loved, obeyed and revered by North Koreans as if he were
their biological father. Now, a new hit song is encouraging them to do just
China and North Korea have long ceased being true
friends and allies. Beijing, just as Washington, is at a loss for how to stop
the North Korean leader’s nuclear brinkmanship. The Chinese government wants the country to be seen abroad as a great new power, equal to the U.S. in dealing with the Korean Peninsula issue. But the reality is harsh. Over seven decades, the only policy tool that China has finessed to calm Pyongyang is paying money to the Kim family. In return, Pyongyang insults Beijing whenever its leader gets in a fit, and it embarrasses China abroad. No money means no talk.
Many people seem to believe that China and Russia have a close relationship and can work together to solve issues the United States struggles with. But Moscow’s failure to inform Beijing of a U.S. strike in Syria and Russia’s energy exports to North Korea tell a different story.
provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, known to English
speakers as Manchuria, used to be Asia’s industrial powerhouse. These days they
are economic laggards because they neighbor North Korea. No one is eager to
invest in an area that is under constant threat from weapons of mass
waited five years to do it, but Kim Jong-un finally followed in the footsteps
of his father and grandfather by creating a harem for himself.
For decades, China has put
up with the antics of the Kim family in Pyongyang to keep the Korean peninsula
divided. But the spectacular murder of dictator Kim Jong-un’s half brother may
have stretched Beijing’s patience to the breaking point.
The impeachment of
South Korea's president has Kim Jong-un looking longingly across the border.
For now, the North Korean leader has busied himself with staging mock commando assaults
on a replica of the presidential palace in Seoul. But he would clearly like to
do much more.
In our latest installment, North Korea's government takes on 720 million Chinese internet users.
A senior American diplomat let slip that North Korea makes $1 billion a year on coal exports, mostly to China. That will come as a surprise to anyone who puts faith in UN sanctions to block Pyongyang's nuclear program. It is also grim news for Chinese coal producers, who are on the verge of financial collapse.