An article from 2009 that hits the nail on the head in explaining the true relationship between China and North Korea. North Korea is a Chinese proxy which serves to keep America distracted from the main threat: China. As time has passed by since this article was written, North Korea has also exponentially increased as a threat toward the United States as well.
North Korea has nukes, and China isn’t worried. Something’s not right.
Understandably, America and its allies in Asia are alarmed by Kim Jong Il’s apocalyptic ambitions. Shortly after Pyongyang conducted its nuclear test on May 25, it turned South Korea into a nervous wreck by threatening a “strong military strike,” and saying that its 56-year cease-fire with Seoul no longer applies. Nearby Japan is so alarmed Tokyo is chattering about the need to develop its own nuclear arsenal. Concerns over North Korea’s nuclear belligerence reverberated throughout Asia.
Except in China.
North Korea’s Best Friend
After North Korea detonated its second atomic device, governments heatedly condemned the test. The best Beijing could muster, by contrast, was saying that it “firmly opposed” the act.
It was an awfully weak response. Kim Jong Il’s nuclear device packed a payload equal to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and was detonated less than 100 miles from the Chinese border. Beijing is closer to North Korea’s nuclear launch sites than Tokyo is, and hundreds of millions of Chinese live well within range of Pyongyang’s short-range missiles. Like South Korea and Japan, China’s entire population of more than 1 billion is within range of North Korea’s long-range Taepodong-2 missile. Moreover, China’s missile interceptor system is more rudimentary than Japan’s.
Beijing possesses the tools to wipe out Kim Jong Il in a week. It has more leverage over North Korea than any other state—yet is unwilling to use it. The U.S. has been negotiating with Pyongyang for 15 years under three different administrations. The whole time, China persistently has done its best to dilute UN sanctions and bog down negotiations.
Meanwhile, China supplies North Korea with about 90 percent of its oil, 80 percent of its consumer goods and roughly 40 percent of its food. It is Pyongyang’s largest military supplier, and its chief representative in the UN Security Council and other international organizations. “If it weren’t for the Chinese,” wrote author Gordon Chang, “there would be no North Korean missile program, no North Korean nuclear program and no North Korea” (Forbes, May 25).
So why does China keep North Korea alive?
The Real Reason
The common answer as to why Beijing sustains and defends North Korea is that it fears that the implosion of Kim Jong Il’s regime would create a humanitarian crisis that would see refugees flooding across the Yalu River into China. There’s some truth to that claim. But surely such short-term problems would be minor compared to the long-term advantage of encouraging an economically and politically stable government without ominous nuclear aspirations in Pyongyang.
The reality is more sinister: China’s leaders support Kim Jong Il’s regime because a rogue North Korea serves China’s ambitions, both within the region and in the global arena!
First, the existence of an unpredictable, highly volatile nuclear aspirant is a distraction to China’s competitors in the region. “Apparently, [Chinese] President Hu Jintao finds Kim useful in the short-term for keeping Japan and South Korea off balance,” wrote Chang (ibid.). China employs North Korea in Asia in much the same way Iran employs Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon: as an instrument to push, pry and distract Western-aligned governments, thereby undermining and countering U.S. interests in Asia.
But the ultimate and most worrying reason Beijing sustains North Korea is that Kim Jong Il’s ideologies and ambitions align perfectly with China’s top global priority: undermining the United States!
The media are awash with reports on China’s attempts to eviscerate the U.S. economy, including its efforts to destabilize the dollar, undermine the American financial system and strengthen the credibility of the International Monetary Fund. Evidence shows that Beijing is expanding its military capacities, especially its navy, and solidifying military and strategic partnerships to counter America. China is competing with the U.S. in space, and reports show it to be undermining U.S. power in cyberspace. It is forging dubious relationships with anti-American regimes in Africa and Latin America, not to mention consistently handicapping America’s diplomatic ventures around the world, particularly in sensitive places like Iran.
If we consider China’s defense of Pyongyang’s nuclear program in light of its open hostility and competition with America, we arrive at a sobering conclusion: China considers Pyongyang a tool with which it can challenge the U.S.
A Dangerous Nuclear Era
Why isn’t China concerned about Pyongyang’s nukes finding their way into the hands of terrorist organizations? Simple. It knows the nukes won’t explode in Beijing or Shanghai, but in New York City or Los Angeles!
President Barack Obama’s administration, like its predecessors, pretends China is on America’s side on the North Korea issue. When Kim exploded his atomic device in May, Obama immediately dispatched a high-level delegation to Beijing to sit down and hash out a plan to deal with North Korea. It was a fool’s errand, one America has been running for 15 years. Charles Krauthammer warned, “The [Obama] administration is pretending … that China is on our side on this. It’s not. It has no interest in weakening its ally and puppet in Pyongyang. It’s working against us” (Real Clear Politics, April 6).
China has groomed North Korea’s nuclear ambitions from their infancy. It pleases Beijing that Pyongyang’s nukes are pointed not west, but east, at the shores of the United States!
In the Olivet prophecy in Matthew 24, Jesus Christ warned that conditions would be so bad in the world immediately prior to His Second Coming that unless He intervened, “there should no flesh be saved.” The only way world conditions could become so dangerous that they threaten all human life is if nuclear bombs are exploding around the world.
North Korea’s nuclear program, and China’s sponsoring of it, is accelerating the fulfillment of this prophecy.
Full article: Why China Won’t Stop North Korea (The Trumpet)