ebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3207 times:
Remains to be seen what the new leadership has in mind. I have to wonder how The People's Republic of China is reacting to the change. What are their concerns, as they are the super power in the region?
tommytoyz From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1103 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3199 times:
Nothing much. North Korea, at some point in history will open up and join the league of nations that trade with each other...maybe slowly like Cuba is doing. Until then, I doubt they even have enough bullets for their soldiers to fight a conflict. Just like all recent strongmen, it's much more bark than bite.
The reason why "only" 1 million N.Koreans died of hunger during their famine, was because of China. Without political cover by China, N. Korea would have been long gone.
ebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
You would think that, in the face of something as serious as famine, national leadership would humbly bow to any offer of assistance. Once the crisis is over, they could return to their "normal" ways.
I have to wonder just how much influence the Peoples Republic of China actually has over North Korea. I see China as the super power of the region but have to wonder if they see themselves in the same light.