China’s relationship with North Korea

10 Apr (Video 1) (Video 2) (Radio) 

As global tensions rise over North Korea’s nuclear threat, these videos from the BBC provide a short look into the relationship between China and North Korea, particularly China’s influence over its neighbour. 

The radio link is an excerpt of an interview with Shujie Yao, a professor of economics and Chinese sustainable development, providing great insight into the difficult position China now finds itself in.


2 Responses to “China’s relationship with North Korea”

  1. zk1e11 April 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Although China and North Korea (NK) is keeping their nominal ally, their relationship has already been so much different now. Since 1960, began with the broken relationship between China and the Soviet Union, NK undertook an attitude of straddling, therefore it has been icy between the relationship. 1970, American president Nixon visited China also made the political difference with NK. 1980, China adopted strategy of reform and open up has made the difference of developing. 1990, China built up the relationship with South Korea has totally broken the relationship with NK. But so far, China still gives NK lots of helps such as food, fuel and other raw materials, if without helps from China, NK will be resulted in no food, supply and other consequences. However, NK is no longer follow China’s instructions and suggestions, they have their own way of developing, the results are therefore all to see.
    But why they still keep their nominal ally? This is due to the both side needs. NK is isolated now, only can rely on China’s support (food, resources and materials). In Chinese point of view, we do not want to see fighting in NK and people dying due to famine. On the other hand, China and NK signed an ally agreement has not expired yet, so in law respect, they are still ally, which means if there is military conflict, China should support NK. And the leader of NK does not care about his citizens and uses all the resources to build up nuclear weapon and military.

    • kh13g11 April 16, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      China sitting in between the US and North Korea
      President Xi Jinping has been engaged in meetings with the American Secretary of State John Kerry leading Chinese authorities to join the US in calling for the denuclearisation of the peninsula that is in range of US bases.
      The Chinese are trying to find the middle ground by also suggesting to the West that their UN imposed sanctions are making the North Koreans feel insecure and possibly more likely to react.
      China is the biggest trading partner of North Korea and so they are relied upon for their fuel oil and consumer goods. The trade from China was down 13.8% in the first quarter of this year in line with the annoyance in China over the December missile test and the nuclear detonation that took place in February
      This drop in trade is likely to make the North Koreans think harder about the UN trade restrictions after the 2009 trade restrictions made the imports and exports stronger between North Korea and China who were exchanging minerals and other fuel leading trade to rise from $2.68 to$5.63 billion in 2012.
      The Chinese have decided that links with the US, South Korean defence ties are actually in their best interest , but have so far resisted pressure from the US led side to heap on more pressure.

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