Thursday, 27 April 2017

Global Times: China Could Accept Surgical Strike on North Korea


But forces moving past the DMZ would spark military intervention

Chinese state-run newspaper said Saturday that China would not engage militarily if the US conducted a surgical strike on North Korea’s nuclear facility, noting it would only resort to diplomatic channels to oppose such a move.

Beijing’s position was stated in an editorial in the state-run Global Times, a tabloid controlled by China’s Communist Party.

“If Pyongyang’s unwavering pursuit of its nuclear program continues and Washington launches a military attack on North Korea’s nuclear facilities as a result, Beijing should oppose the move by diplomatic channels, rather than get involved through military action,” Joongang Daily translated the editorial as saying.
http://www.atimes.com/article/global-times-china-accept-surgical-strike-north-korea/

This statement from China is not surprising. An earlier post on this site pointed out that North Korea is probably seen as more of a liability to the Chinese with US trade relations put under pressure. The US is more valuable to the Chinese than North Korea.

Clipped text from the earlier post:
I think the aim will be to keep the pressure up using China. I know the Chinese are still very hacked off about Jong-Un's brother being assassinated (who they assisted/protected). They banned Nth Korean coal exports and other goods. I think they will demand some sort of compensation for the loss of face. They might not care if North Korea implodes so long as they can send in humanitarian occupation forces. If some generals can be convinced to arrest or kill Jong-Un and sue for peace then all sides will be happy.

It's also remotely possible that China may 'unexpectedly' play hardball with the North to kick off a war between the two countries, which would help cover-up problems with the Chinese economy. A few nuked Chinese cities and an excuse to take over North Korea might not be out of mind for those running China. 
Related:

Trump urges “strong sanctions” on Pyongyang - Ry (advocates a 4th option, the carrot approach)


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 27th, 2017.]

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