China scholars, policy makers begin talking about supporting surgical strike on N.Korea

Chinese scholars and policymakers have begun talking about supporting surgical strikes on North Korea and removal of leader Kim Jong-un from power as a policy option, a Chinese professor said Thursday.

Zhe Sun, China initiative director of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, made the remark during a security forum in Washington, saying debates are under way among Chinese opinion leaders about how to deal with the North.

“Some Chinese scholars and policy makers began to talk about supporting ‘surgical strikes’ and ‘decapitation’ by the U.S. and South Korea as one policy option,” the professor said, adding that the newspaper Global Times even indicated that China should “make contributions” to such an effort in “destroying the nuclear capability.”

“More radical proposals indicate that China should change the leader, send troops across borders and station in DPRK, force DPRK into giving up nuclear and beginning opening up and reforming,” the professor said during the seminar held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Full article: China scholars, policy makers begin talking about supporting surgical strike on N.Korea (The Korea Times)

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