Simply put: North Korea is China’s proxy against the West. It could’ve been put down decades ago if China really wanted to.
ANY future attempt by the US to put a stop to madcap dictator Kim Jong-un’s nuclear programme could spark a catastrophic war with China, a military expert has warned.
American forces could look to launch a “surgical strike” against North Korean army installations as the reclusive rogue state gets closer to acquiring serious nuclear capabilities.
But John Delury, an expert on China, warned that Beijing would feel compelled to defend its crackpot neighbour in such a scenario even though Chinese officials have become increasingly exasperated with its insane leader.
North Korea is technically China’s only military ally, with the two Communist states having signed a defence treaty guaranteeing that they would leap to each other’s defence in the event of an attack.
And although Beijing has tried to distance itself from the 1961 pact, Dr Delury said he believes a military strike so close to home would force the military superpower to retaliate.
He said: “How might Beijing react to a US pre-emptive or surgical strike on the North?
“North Korea is, after all, China’s only defence treaty ally in the world, and is obligated to ‘immediately render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal’ to defend Pyongyang if attacked.”
“‘Surgery’ would rapidly descend into a bloodbath. ‘Pre-emption’ would start a war.”
Full article: CHILLING WARNING: US trying to stop North Korea nuclear bid ‘will spark WAR with China’ (Express)