While everyone’s focus nowadays is concentrated on mainly American “imperialism”, another nation is quitely and effectively making great strides at capturing the northern hemisphere.
PYONGYANG/BERLIN (Own report) – German foreign policy makers are reacting with great anticipation to the most recent announcement of an economic “opening” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. According to head of state, Kim Jong Un’s declaration, the country is facing a “radical change of course,” which would not even exclude a “reunification” with the Republic of Korea. According to reports, German economic scholars and jurists are in Pyongyang helping to elaborate economic policies, which could also open up lucrative business opportunities for western companies. It has been reported that North Korea disposes of large deposits of natural resources and an extremely cheap work force. For several years, German experts, under contract of the FDP-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation, have been working in Pyongyang to promote the “transformation from a planned to a market economy.” In addition, because of its experience in taking over the German Democratic Republic, South Korea considers the Federal Republic of Germany an important partner for advice and cooperation on the issue of “reunification.” The development taking place on the Korean peninsular is very important for the People’s Republic of China, whose national security is seriously affected.…
China’s Economic Power
As German media have noted, unlike in the past, an economic opening today, could be linked to cautious reform steps. In fact, there are already private entrepreneurial initiatives – for example in the food, textile and electronic trades – even though larger companies remain under state control. Recently, foreign trade grew significantly – in 2010, by twenty percent and by 32 percent in 2011. This is based primarily on trade with the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese-North Korean trade reached around US $5.5 billion in 2011, which amounts to more than 70 percent of North Korea’s total exports and imports. On the other hand, South Korea’s share has fallen to 21 percent. Statistics for 2012 are not yet available, but China’s influence is expected to have continued to grow. According to reports, Pyongyang has negotiated the establishment of two special economic zones, with China – in addition to the already existing one in North Korea’s Rason – whose elaboration could enhance China’s already strong influence.
According to a recent report in the press, head of state, Kim Jong Un is pursuing an alternative course – with German assistance – for the possible coming economic opening. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is “being advised by German economists and jurists.” A participating German scholar is quoted saying that an “opening will take place still this year,” a “master plan” has already been established. The scholar explains that the master plan does not foresee the creation of new special economic zones – modeled on, and in cooperation with the People’s Republic of China. Pyongyang is rather more “interested in the Vietnamese blueprint,” which “designates enterprises for investments.” The North Korean government has a special need to “modernize investment laws.” However, because of massive resistance from the military, “it is in no way certain that these reform steps will be implemented.” The report suggests that, if they are, German companies will also be in consideration for business contracts – which could be lucrative. In North Korea there “is a gigantic untapped potential” of valuable natural resources as well as the availability of “a massive (…) cheap (…) work force.”
Berlin’s many years of systematic lobbying has led the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to accept German experts to aid in preparing the important steps to be taken. The CSU politician Hartmut Koschyk, who is said to have special knowledge of the socialist countries’ collapse, nourishes relations to both South and North Korea. Koschyk was the incumbent chairperson of the “Silesian Youth,” homeland association, when some of its members were engaged in subversive activities among the German-speaking minority in Poland, to help weaken the People’s Republic. Today, Koschyk is one of South Korea’s advisors on “reunification.” Most recently the politician, who is currently the Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Ministry of Finance, served as liaison for the conclusion of a cooperation agreement between South Korea’s “DMZ Museum,” handling the subject of Korea’s division, and the “Deutsch-Deutsch Museum Mödlareuth,” which, according to its self-description is in memory “of the history of the German division.” ‘Various levels of the South Korean government have repeatedly sought information from Koschyk about the procedures the Federal Republic of Germany used to take over the German Democratic Republic, to learn possible lessons, if necessary, from the German experience.
Strategic Buffer Zone
The efforts to have the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea open its economy and take steps toward unification with the Republic of Korea, are, by no means, only to gain access to the country’s natural resources and the low-wage work force. At stake are particularly issues impinging on the long-term national security of the People’s Republic of China. Years ago, Shen Dingli, Director of the Institute of International Studies at Shanghai’s renowned Fudan University, noted that North Korea currently serves as a sort of “strategic buffer zone” for Beijing. Its well-armed military is tying down US-American troops in South Korea and thereby preventing the United States from engaging in military activities that could be directly aimed at the People’s Republic of China elsewhere in Asia. “That is North Korea’s ‘contribution’ to China’s national security” explained Shen. Beijing could encounter great difficulties, if Pyongyang were to change sides and “sign an accord with the United States.” This would also be the case, should North and South Korea unite along the lines of the German model. Even the deployment of western troops along the Korean-Chinese border would no longer be out of the question.
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