Extra! Korea

May 10, 2009

China to intervene if North Korea collapses

Filed under: North Korea, politics — extrakorea @ 3:28 am

According to a recent report by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, which is America’s most senior military school, China will attempt to prevent any collapse of North Korea, and will intervene if it does. Also, any military action against North Korea will be answered by China due to the fact that it “must observe” its formal bilateral security treaty with North Korea.

According to the report, Shen Dingli of the Institute for International Studies at Fudan University has told observers that policymakers in the PRC prefer a buffer in North Korea between South Korea and the U.S. forces there.

Dingli also said that rather than let North Korea collapse, China will provide basic subsistence.

The report also quoted China’s defense minister and high-ranking military officials as saying that “China will not let North Korea collapse.”

The reported also noted that Beijing has been the donor of last resort that kept North Korea in food and fuel through famine and energy crises for decades.

“In official statements, books and state-controlled media, the Chinese leadership provides support for the DPRK and takes no position advocating regime change,” the report said.

“Even in China’s closed forums, there is almost a taboo on discussing “regime change” in North Korea.”

Given that China has a formal commitment in its bilateral security treaty with North Korea that it “must observe” in the event of a conflict on the Korean peninsula, any military action against the North would inevitably face Chinese intervention, according to the report.

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  1. […] Given that China has a formal commitment in its bilateral security treaty with North Korea that it “must observe” in the event of a conflict on the Korean peninsula, any military action against the North would inevitably face Chinese intervention, according to the report.  [Korea Herald via Extra! Korea] […]

    Pingback by Report: China Will Intervene of North Korea Collapses | ROK Drop — May 18, 2009 @ 12:01 pm


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