WikiLeaks Reveals China Favors Reunited Korea, Lead By Seoul; Calls N. Korea A “Spoiled Child”
Leaked dispatches via WikiLeaks reveal that Beijing is frustrated with North Korea and is distancing itself from that regime.
China is sharply critical of US pressure tactics towards North Korea and wants a resumption of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks. But the Guardian can reveal Beijing’s frustration with Pyongyang has grown since its missile and nuclear tests last year, worries about the economic impact of regional instability, and fears that the death of the dictator, Kim Jong-il, could spark a succession struggle.
China’s moves to distance itself from Kim are revealed in the latest tranche of leaked US embassy cables published by the Guardian and four international newspapers.
China’s foreign minister told U.S. officials that North Korea’s missile tests in 2009 gave the impression of acting like a “spoiled child” and a Chinese ambassador said the country’s actions are “a threat to the world’s security.”
In highly sensitive discussions in February this year, the-then South Korean vice-foreign minister, Chun Yung-woo, told a US ambassador, Kathleen Stephens, that younger generation Chinese Communist party leaders no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally and would not risk renewed armed conflict on the peninsula, according to a secret cable to Washington.Click here for reuse options!
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