Skip to comments.[N. Korea] The Enduring Beijing-Pyongyang Axis
Posted on 09/19/2016 8:39:09 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
The Enduring Beijing-Pyongyang Axis
Ideology drives much of Chinas support for North Korea.
By David Feith
Sept. 19, 2016 7:34 p.m. ET
The 5.1-magnitude explosion at North Koreas Punggye-ri nuclear testing site this month didnt shake Chinas loyalty to the Kim regime in Pyongyang. While U.S. and South Korean leaders increasingly call for crippling sanctions intended to make Kim Jong Un choose between his regimes survival and its nuclear program, China may not support even an incremental tightening of sanctions at the United Nations.
As experts around the world typically tell it, China protects its despotic and often uncooperative neighbor for two main reasons: It doesnt want instability in North Korea to send refugees and other chaos across its border, and it doesnt want U.S. or U.S.-allied South Korean troops deploying along that frontier. But other factors carry significant weight, toonamely, communist solidarity, the legacy of Mao Zedong and the importance of ideology in Chinese decision-making.
North Korea is no mere Chinese client state (as, say, Burma used to be). It is a formal communist ally, and the crucible that forged the alliancethe Korean Warremains an important part of Chinas Mao mythology. To undermine North Korea, then, would risk a self-inflicted ideological blow that Chinese leaders may be unwilling to accept. Especially if it means siding with the U.S., Chinas old Korean War foe that Beijing increasingly portrays as an enemy again today.
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Possibly China won’t reign in the Norks because they’re fellow commies, but I think China likes all the expense and trouble the Norks cause the US.
North Korea is a proxy.
What has China got to lose if N.K. hits the U.S. with nukes?
It’s a free hit. How could they take a pass on that?
Lately, the cost keeping N. Korea around is rising. To outsiders, the cost is seemingly outweighing the benefit. This article is an attempt to find out a missing piece.
“communist solidarity, the legacy of Mao Zedong and the importance of ideology in Chinese decision-making.”
There has been a whitewashing of China’s interests and beliefs that is very similar to the refusal to say Islamic Terror.
Lately, the cost [of] keeping N. Korea around is rising.
The norks are the conduit through which the chicoms proliferate their nukes, missile systems and failed belligegerency to 3rd world despots with implausible deniabiliy.
The word “communism” was removed from the North Korean constitution in 2009 revisions and from to the Workers Party regulations in 2010 revisions.
“Chairman Kim Jong Il said, ‘Communism is not being grasped. I'll need to properly try socialism,’” the North Korean representative in dialogue with the reporter responded. The journalist then asked what was meant by communism is not being grasped.”
The North Korean explained the statement by saying, “Communism describes a society wherein there is no demarcation between the exploited class and the exploiting class. As long as America is still around, it will be very difficult for that to come to fruition.” In other words, the prospect of achieving a classless society - the ideal communist society - was viewed as unrealistic. The solution was to turn to socialism instead.
However, between then and now, North Korea has also deleted “socialism” from its lexicon. Whats more, the phrase chosen to replace the deleted word is “Kimilsungungism- Kimjongilism.” Kim Jong Il removed ‘communism’ and Kim Jong Un removed ‘socialism.’ In their place, the regime has highlighted the cult of leadership through the formalization of “Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist ideology.”
The United States and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday.
China has repeatedly promised to take specific steps to respond since the THAAD decision was announced, but has given no details about what it may do.
The United States and South Korea have said THAAD does not threaten China’s security or target any country other than North Korea.
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