Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Kim Jong Un/China vs. USA: North Korea Case-I

When Kim Jong Il died the last December, Beijing probably received the information from Pyongyang in advance. Both South Korea and the US were totally surprised. Immediately after the official announcement by North Korea, all 9 Chinese leaders visited the North Korean embassy to pay their respect. The Chinese senior military general officially made the announcement that Beijing would stand with army of North Korea to safeguard the Asian region. The implication from Beijing is that no one (including Japan, South Korea, and the US) should mess with North Korea because China is ready to protect Kim Jong Un who is the transitional leader in Pyongyang. As Time states, “Telling Kim Jong Un and the decision makers behind him that the only way forward is economic reform on the Chinese model… (Time 9 January 2012).”

Source: Bloomberg News,  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-27/north-korea-may-fete-touching-drama-for-kim-funeral-ushering-power-shift.html (access date: 1 March 2012).

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