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Why China is the only country that counts when it comes to sanctions against NK [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2009-5-28 17:24:43 |Display all floors
Here are a few figures about China's NK trade:

In 2008 China accounted for 73(!!) percent of NK’s international trade. In 2003 it was just 31%.
China provides NK with 90% of its oil, more than 82% of all consumer good and almost 50% of its food.
China is also the only country to either provide or permit transshipments of luxury goods for NK's elite. These include caviar, Hi tech electronics, top brand French wines,  cognac, prime beef etc. as well as luxury automobiles such as Mercedes Benz and BMW.

An embargo on luxury items could have an effect. Since NK seems to be run like a subsidiary of the Cosa Nostra, Kim, or whoever runs the show, has to deliver to the top ranks of the military. If he cannot, his loyalty may be questioned.

NK’s leadership has so far ignored not only the U.S. and SK but with its last actions (nuclear test, ballistic missile tests etc) clearly showed that it spits also in China’s face. Past actions clearly show that this country is a threat to peace and development in NE Asia because its neighbors are forced to spend more money for their military build up and ultimately NK’s recklessness will lead to a nuclear arms race at China’s doorsteps, something that neither China nor any other neighbor of the hermit kingdom wants to see.

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Post time 2009-5-28 21:01:49 |Display all floors
My big question is.. When is China going to stand up to the little brother 慛 Korea?. N Korea is a threat to the region, and continues to make the world a unstable place...

China could stop N Korea easily, but doesn抰...

Why?

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Post time 2009-5-29 09:07:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Eagleclaw1 at 2009-5-28 22:01
My big question is.. When is China going to stand up to the little brother 慛 Korea?. N Korea is a threat to the region, and continues to make the world a unstable place...

China could stop N  ...



Why?

Just my two cents:

1. China doesn't want an unstable neighbor that's able to "produce" millions of refugees.

2. China doesn't want to have U.S. forces at their border (Yalu river) again.

On the other hand I regard NK's actions over the past four weeks as a sign how little NK cares about China or, in other words, they tried everything for China to lose face.

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Post time 2009-5-29 09:34:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by chairman at 2009-5-29 10:21


I think China has bigger fish to fry...greater problems..

that NK...



That's correct. China has bigger problems to settle but just look at the NK issue. China was the 'driving power' at the six nations' talk. China tried everything to avoid these talks to derail whereas NK doesn't keep its promises and constantly torpedoes all efforts to come to a binding solution.

The only chance I see for future negotiantions, and there will be new meetings, are trilateral meetings between China, the U.S.  and NK. Japan does not provide anything positive in such talks. They only care about the abductees' (sp?) issue and are counterproductive.
The Russians are only at the table because they themselves feel important and SK' s Lee government does not contribute the way it could.

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Post time 2009-5-29 09:34:34 |Display all floors
North Korea is starving to death, and their government dictators squander their money and resources for what... They don抰 need a defense, they sit in the breasts of china, or they are a hemorrhoid hanging off of her pretty butt, they are being a huge pain in the butt about now....

China is a great and honorable country, her time has come for her to stand up, and tell her little brother to behave.. This is how China will save face... Many American people are hoping for this... We don抰 want to invade, we have no intentions on invading, it isnt in the worlds best interests...

This is China抯 problem, and the world waits on her to fix things... It would also slow Iran down alot.. Iran and N Korea will keep poking the fire together, if they are not divided...

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