North Korea's nuclear test gives Beij...

North Korea's nuclear test gives Beijing a reason to confront Kim

There are 1 comment on the South China Morning Post story from Feb 20, 2013, titled North Korea's nuclear test gives Beijing a reason to confront Kim. In it, South China Morning Post reports that:

On February 12, 2013, North Korea unleashed its third - and largest - underground nuclear test, causing an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9. The Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang said the test was the "first response" to what it called US threats.

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JosephMendiola

Hagatna, Guam

#1 Feb 20, 2013
Technically true, but for different reasons.

The DPRK wants Nukes as a way to guarantee its national existence and security from all comers, including but not limited to any threat agz the DPRK from China itself.

OTOH, China uses the DPRK as a PDeniable, third-party "hedge" agz its regional and international rivals. North Korea's job in major war is to basically destroy itself for China engaging + tieing down the combined military forces of the US, ROK, Japan?+ UN Command to the advantage of the PLA. NORTH KOREA'S JOB IS TO DIE FOR CHINA, which works for China because - among other - there will no longer be any North Korean Army to resist the PLA as the latter bravely militarily intervenes on the DPRK's behalf to "save" the country + fellow Communists from the wily dastardly imperialist US-Allies.

The US, ROK, Japan?+ UNCOM will on their part will also be too heavily damaged to resist or defeat a PLA-led forced takeover of the entire Korean Peninsular + likely even TAIWAN.

China's focii in the ongoing Sino-Japanese dispute over the mutually disputed Senkaus/Diaoyus, is N-O-T these small islands or reeflets, BUT TAIWAN PROPER. WIDOUT MILITARY OR SOVEREIGN CONTROL OVER TAIWAN, IN CHINA'S MIND THERE IS NO "POST-US", FUTURE "WORLD #1", "MANIFEST DESTINY" FOR CHINA FOR MOST OR ALL OF THE REMAINDER OF THE 21ST CENTURY WHICH CHINA REGARDS AS ANATHEMA.

As things stand vee JAPAN, IMO China would likely desire a de facto DPRK collapse - China is highly unlikely to accept any kind of US, ROK,+ UNO intervention in a post-collapse DPRK where China is NOT in charge. A DPRK collapse now only means China + PLA is that much closer to being in a good position to militarily attack Japan + SDF over the Senkakus/Diaoyus, TAIWAN as above,+ even OKINAWA.

China desires the Senkakus + Okinawa to protect the Air-Sea[Space?] approaches to + from WESTPAC vee its desired future PLA Milbases on TAIWAN.

DO NOT BE FOOLED - THERE ARE BIGGER, POTENTIALLY BADDER THINGS AT PLAY OR ISSUE HERE THAN JUST NORTH KOREA'S = KIM JONG-UN'S THIRD NUCLEAR TEST.

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