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China wants to keep Korea as an ally simply because Korea is its neighbor - it can keep this "alliance" arrangement where Korea is a friendly but independent neighbor which doesn't threaten China or try to invade and colonize Korea as Japan did to eradicate any threat if Korea turns hostile. The former approach is preferable simply because Korea as a colony will be more of a liability than an advantage for China - it is better to keep Korea relatively contented but pro-China. Unfortunately, due to Korea's geopolitical position next to China, it will always be some other power's pawn to "get at" China. For China, it is a matter of survival, so it will ensure Korea remain an ally, failing that, it will commit hundreds of thousands of lives to defend its flank. This will NEVER change, just look at history. The good part is that for most of history, China and Korea peacefully co-existed, however, for certain periods of upheavals and wars, Korea was devastated due to foreign invasions and wars, including China-backed ones to ensure a China-friendly regime. It is simply geopolitical interests.|
The reason why N & S Korea is divided is because of the US wanting Korea as a base to attack China's flank - this has been and will be the reason why Korea has been consistently invaded by foreign powers, eg. Japan and now the US. Korea is seen by foreign powers as a base to contain and checkmate China. Without China in the picture, Korea will most likely be a colony of Japan since the 1600s and completely absorbed like the Okinawans, even earlier than the Ryukyus/Okinawa people.
China keeps and supports N Korea as it is still a reliable ally but hopes it normalizes along the lines of how China normalized, but it isn't easy as N Korea is very much its own actor. However, China supports the regime against its foes as it is pro-China. China will support ANY Korean regime as long as it is a friend and not a threat. Even as trade and diplomacy improved over the years, it will not trust the US manipulated S Korea as the agenda of S Korea has been hijacked and S Koreans have been made to distrust China and be completely pro-US, not to mention the US already has its base there. Otherwise, they will realize that China and Korea have been neighbors for eons and will be neighbors for the foreseeable future, and China has drawn a line it will not allow the US/any Korean regime to cross.
Whether you like or hate the Chinese, this is the geopolitical reality, this is the history. From a Korean point of view, you should consider for yourselves what is the best strategic position to maximize independence, peace, stability and prosperity for Korea as a "whole", not fragmented country. With any wars breaking out, as in history, it is Korean territory that will see the worst of the battles.
Better hope that war doesn't break out as this time, it will be nukes between China, US and possibly Russia, and again, like in history, the battleground will be fought in Korean territory, especially with a US base right in the heart of S Korea. The worst off will be Korea, next China, then Japan, Russia and finally, the Americans. This is why Korea and China better hope they don't ever go to war, and work out their differences via diplomacy as they both have the most to lose from such a conflict. It will be other powers who will swoop in and grab the spoils of war.
At the moment, peace is preferable to wars, as the region has benefited from the status quo. However, with the financial meltdown in the US and Europe and everyone eyeing the riches of Asia - and history is all about the transfer of wealth - it is likely that Asia will once again be held ransom at some point if its stops financing US/European debt or transferring part of its wealth to them via bonds/foreign reserves, etc. This means that with financial collapse, conflicts are more likely to happen.