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‘China has a great responsibility in N.K. nuke,’ says Chinese scholar
Donga Ilbo ^ | October. 10, 2017 | Wan-Jun Yun

Posted on 10/10/2017 6:48:16 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

‘China has a great responsibility in N.K. nuke,’ says Chinese scholar

Posted October. 10, 2017 08:10, Updated October. 10, 2017 09:28

“China cannot say it does not have a responsibility (in North Korea’s nuclear issues),” said Wang Yizhou, Deputy Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, in a recent interview with the Dong-A Ilbo. “The Chinese government needs to clearly acknowledge that we have a great responsibility (in Pyongyang’s nuclear issues) as well as important interests (in the Korean Peninsula),” the international relations expert added. “(Therefore,) Pressure on the North should be raised to a level where a war would not break out.

He clarified that his opinion was “apart from the (Chinese) government’s stance that views the United States and North Korea as countries with key responsibility for Pyongyang’s nuclear issues while China has only a secondary responsibility.” This is an indirect criticism of the Chinese government, which has insisted that Beijing’s role is limited as it is not a direct party involved and thus called upon Washington to have a direct dialogue with Pyongyang to resolve issues.

Professor Wang, together with Jia Qingguo, Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, is one of the well-known scholars of liberalism school of thought who emphasize China’s responsibility in the international community. Professor Jia said last month, “China should acknowledge the possibility of a war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula and should prepare against it through communication with the United States and South Korea,” publicly drawing criticism from scholars of mainstream school of thought who dismissed his remark as “nonsense that reversed the Maginot Line of China’s core principles in diplomacy towards North Korea’s nuclear issues.” Such a collision indicates that disputes over policy lines on the Korean Peninsula are being intensified in China.

Professor Wang said that he “mostly supports” Professor Jia’s opinions, adding, “As China continues to pursue reform and openness, more would agree on Professor Jia’s views.” He also said that “The (Chinese) authority did not say which side was right or wrong when the dispute arose, and they did not suppress discussion either,” viewing this as “a positive development and a great change from the past.”

“China is currently adjusting its policy towards North Korea,” the scholar also commented. “The intensity of sanctions, which was low in the past, is getting higher and the direction of sanctions is also becoming severe.”

Wan-Jun Yun zeitung@donga.com


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; nkorea; nuke
Threat of war and economic sanction as well as nuclear fallout and looming nuclear arms race in China's neighborhood finally forced China to take the situation seriously. But do not count on China to have our back, nor is it time to relent pressure on China. China only acts because the cost of not acting is high. Anytime it gets lower, China would rethink its posture.
1 posted on 10/10/2017 6:48:17 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; nuconvert; MizSterious; endthematrix; Grampa Dave; ...

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2 posted on 10/10/2017 6:48:51 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (dead parakeet + lost fishing gear = freep all day)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The first thought I had on reading this was that this professor is putting his own life in danger. But then I thought, no, the Chinese government is probably using him to signal that they might have been wrongly passive heretofore. The prof could say this China losing face. Two birds w/ one stone: China could actually appear to be reasonable enough to listen to the voice of academia.

I hope I’m not reading too much into this surprising development.


3 posted on 10/10/2017 6:58:42 AM PDT by Migraine ((A smartass who is right can be downright funny. A smartass who is wrong is just a smartass.))
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To: Migraine

WITHOUT China losing face.


4 posted on 10/10/2017 6:59:50 AM PDT by Migraine ((A smartass who is right can be downright funny. A smartass who is wrong is just a smartass.))
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To: Migraine

If a Communist government didn’t want a ‘scholar’ to be heard, he or she would not be heard.


5 posted on 10/10/2017 7:59:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Bill and Hitliary should be part of that responsibility too. The gave the Norks 4 Billion American Taxpayer Dollars - "to improve infrastructure."

It has been enough years since the 1990s for them to have a lot of nukes.

6 posted on 10/10/2017 8:01:10 AM PDT by Slyfox (Are you tired of winning yet?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; gandalftb
Perhaps it is as well a sign of the conflict within the CCP. Xi is getting rid of the persons supporting Jiang and hence NK.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-leader-axes-more-officials-associated-with-opposing-faction_2330088.html

and

https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-a-factional-struggle-may-be-setting-beijings-stance-on-north-korea_2164396.html

7 posted on 10/10/2017 9:57:26 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: BenLurkin

Right-o! What I was trying to say but w/o your economy of words.


8 posted on 10/10/2017 10:12:09 AM PDT by Migraine ((A smartass who is right can be downright funny. A smartass who is wrong is just a smartass.))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The report reflects the kinds of thing the Trump era (pressure) is helping instigate in China, and may not have developed this far with the same “diplomacy” pattern of Bush-Clinton-Carter-Bush-Obama.

More than at anytime in the last thirty years, China has been put on notice by the U.S. that we do not see it as an innocent bystander to North Korea’s aggression and nuclear blackmail. If it is not working as hard as we are to end North Korea’s nuclear program, then we must assume it is secretly in favor of it.


9 posted on 10/10/2017 11:02:17 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: TigerLikesRooster
China has a lot to lose ...

I would be surprised if China gave up their place in the world - and their place in world markets - to stand with a North Korean dictator who kills members of his own family. China cares about him but they're not insane.

Yes, he had a troubling childhood - and took power when he was waaaaay too young... but for this young tyrant to take down China in his megalomaniac zest for power is insane.

China didin't get to where it's at in a day - it's been a long hard fought battle for them. They've worked hard to give it all up for this 'out of control' North Korean dictator.

China should take some control of North Korea and if the little guy gives them the finger for their assistance - - China should take him out.

10 posted on 10/10/2017 11:18:04 AM PDT by GOPJ (Morning Joe: Speaking Hate to Power.)
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