China refuses North Korea request for envoy

posted at 8:01 am on April 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

As if events in Pyongyang could not get any stranger, North Korea has been reduced to begging China for a diplomat — and begging Russia to remove theirs.  In an attempt to produce the appearance of an escalation, the Kim regime asked Russia to evacuate their embassy in Pyonyang to demonstrate a rise in tensions in the capital that, er, the Russian seem to have missed:

North Korea asked Russia on Friday to consider evacuating staff from its embassy in Pyongyang because of increasing tension on the Korean peninsula, a spokesman for the embassy said by phone from Pyongyang.

Denis Samsonov said Russia was examining the request but was not planning an evacuation at this stage, and there were no outward signs of increased tension in the North Korean capital itself.

He said other foreign embassies had received similar requests.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry representative “proposed that the Russian side consider the issue of the evacuation of employees in connection with the increasingly tense situation”, Samsonov said.

While the DPRK tried to stage a diplomatic evacuation on one hand for show, they had also become concerned over a real diplomatic breach with China, their only real tie to the rest of the world. China has begun moving significant military resources to the border, perhaps worried that a collapse will set loose a flood of refugees, but also perhaps to remind the Kim regime of their patronage and its finite patience.  They sent an unmistakable signal yesterday in refusing to send a special envoy to patch up any misunderstandings:

China has also continued to move tanks and armored vehicles whilst flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military build-up in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea.

In a dramatic twist yesterday, China reportedly rejected a request from the North to send them an envoy in order to improve their soured relations, in what could be seen as a warning regarding the regime’s recent warmongering rhetoric.

Yesterday, I noted a certain freedom in Beijing that suddenly allowed people to openly criticize North Korea, and China’s relationship with its regime.  This is an even clearer signal to Kim Jong-un and his military leadership that Beijing has run out of patience with their nutty brinksmanship, and that they are rapidly approaching the point where China will cease protecting their interests.

Rationally speaking, China’s relationship with the  US and South Korea is much more important for their economic development.  North Korea is only useful to keep the US off balance in the Pacific Rim, and even that strategy seems outdated.  As commenters noted yesterday, it may now be in China’s interest to allow a reunification on Seoul’s terms that would keep them economically occupied for the next several decades, and which would eliminate any reason for the continued US military presence in the region.   The Kim regime’s irrationality may have provided the inertia needed for China to take a clear look at the circumstances of the present rather than just assume the Cold War strategy of the past.  And that’s bad news for hereditary dictators who like to dress up in Grandpa’s clothes.


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ALL communist countries devole into a totalitarian one. It is the nature of communism, because communism tries ignore the nature of man.

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

If you had bothered to ever study history, you would know there has never been a communist nation state to devolve into socialist dictatorship.

They start out as socialist dictatorships and stay that way.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

you are beyond clueless. Maybe you can go on a trip to cuba and live in commie paradise.

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

If you think Cuba is communist then you would be clueless.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

If you think Cuba is communist then you would be clueless.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

There is no help for you. Whatever you paid for your “education” you need to request a refund.

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I don’t think we have a simple, established term for a country with an economy structured like China’s is today.

DarkCurrent on April 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

DarkCurrent on April 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

They are probably wondering what to call it themselves.

And if they can continue to control it.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Does that mean you think Cuba is communist too?

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Oh btw for those deep scholars among us china warned the USA today irt to NK:

We oppose provocative words and actions from any party in the region and do not allow trouble making on China’s doorstep,” Wang said, according to a ministry statement on its website.

hmmm and the US back downed…. nah China isn’t a player in this conflict just like it isn’t ruled by the communist party.

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Does that mean you think Cuba is communist too?

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

nah Cuba is ruled by the unicorn and fairy party.

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Not even a good deflection. That wasn’t the question asked.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

you had bothered to ever study history, you would know there has never been a communist nation state to devolve into socialist dictatorship.

They start out as socialist dictatorships and stay that way.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

You really don’t understand anything do you? communism isn’t altruistic. It can never be. Hell even Marx understood that. humans will never give up their possesions willingly. thus all communist regimes must start out with force, killing and the stripping of the wealth from those who have it. Of course the communists call that “revo!ution”. Human nature being what it is the communist regime then must use force to keep people from wanting to better themselves. They can’t be having achievers show the nonachievers up. If they did then the entire idea of a commune blows up. Once the achievers find this out they try to flee the “altruistic” communism that the glorious leaders have installed. At this point the communist regime has to build walls and use force to keep them in. Then they always turn to killing those that just won’t fit it. ALL communism begins and ends in killing. there is nothing “altruistic communism” only massive . A final solution to control the “human impulse”.

Communist regimes start out in killing, stay in power by killing and end in killing.

They aren’t started as socialist dictatorships. communist regimes will always devole into one. That is the nature of your “alturistic” communism you idiot.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Not even a good deflection. That wasn’t the question asked.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

yeah I figured Sarcasm would go over your head. Yes Cuba is a communist nation was founded by a communist idealist and has been ruled for decades as such.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 7:45 AM

don’t think we have a simple, established term for a country with an economy structured like China’s is today.

DarkCurrent on April 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

fuedalism where the lords and ladies are replaced by the communist party.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

BY: Bill Gertz
April 8, 2013 4:59 am

China’s military and defense ministry on Sunday confirmed that military forces in a border region near North Korea conducted live-fire drills amid tensions between North Korea and the United States…….

……Regarding the Chinese troop movements, the Communist Party newspaper Global Times reported Sunday that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) carried out live fire maneuvers in Shenyang, near the North Korean border, on April 1.

The newspaper, quoting the official newspaper PLA Daily and the Chinese Defense Ministry, said tanks and armored vehicles from a Shenyang military region mechanized infantry unit took part in the drills during a snowstorm.

The forces “zigzagged through bomb craters, muddy holes, while climbing over small hills that were training items designed to constantly prepare for real combat capabilities,” the report stated.

The brief item published in Global Times included photos of two weapons systems used in the exercises, including a Type 07 122 millimeter automatic cannon and a Type 59 tank painted white for camouflage during winter operations.
In an unusual twist that apparently sought to link the exercises to tension in Korea, the same headline for the article, “The military disclosed in the Shenyang Military Region, April 1st armored brigade combat exercises,” appeared above two photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, one showing him standing with soldiers in what appears to be a border observation post and a second photo of Kim standing behind a soldier firing a pistol………

…..The Free Beacon first reported last week that Chinese military forces were mobilized in border regions near North Korea. The Free Beacon also was the first to report that North Korea was planning a test launch of the Musudan, a mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile, after movements of the mobile launchers were detected traveling from west coast areas to an expected launch location on the east coast of North Korea.

However, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week that there were no large-scale troops movements in North Korea or China. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden also told reporters there were no unusual troops movements last week, a comment contradicted by news reports.

Several newsletters and blogs disputed the Free Beacon’s reporting on the Chinese military movement, incorrectly asserting there were no unusual troop movements.

The Nelson Report, a newsletter that reflects liberal State Department officials’ views, dismissed unspecified reports of Chinese troop mobilization as “rumors.” The newsletter quoted a source “up on the China-North Korea border” April 5 saying, “Chris, the only thing ‘massing’ up here is the news media. Hasn’t been any PLA movement or reinforcement worth mentioning. The whole story is nonsense.”

http://freebeacon.com/p85963/

1) so much for the warm friendly panda bear notion

2) the Obama admin either are dupes or are knowingly lying to the american people. Take your pick.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Putin said conflict on the peninsula could cause greater devastation than the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

I would make no secret about it, we are worried about the escalation on the Korean peninsula, because we are neighbors,” he told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to a trade fair in Germany.

“And if, God forbid, something happens, Chernobyl which we all know a lot about, may seem like a child’s fairy tale. Is there such a threat or not? I think there is… I would urge everyone to calm down… and start to resolve the problems that have piled up for many years there at the negotiating table.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said North Korea could not go on “confronting” the authority of the Security Council and challenging the international community.

“I sincerely hope that they will fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions. This is an urgent and earnest appeal from the international community, including myself.”

A senior North Korean official, quoted by the official KCNA news agency, said after a visit to Kaesong that authorities would withdraw North Korean workers and then decide on whether it would continue to operate.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/08/us-korea-north-idUSBRE93408020130408

And Russia enters the picture. Yeah nothing to see here folks move along….

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Not to worry. China is making billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars from trading with the West.

China will not let that fat little bastard in North Korea threaten their profits.

JackM on April 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

fuedalism where the lords and ladies are replaced by the communist party.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

It’s not feudalism either.

DarkCurrent on April 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

fuedalism where the lords and ladies are replaced by the communist party.

unseen on April 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM
It’s not feudalism either.

DarkCurrent on April 8, 2013

Cuba is run by the Democrat Party.

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

don’t think we have a simple, established term for a country with an economy structured like China’s is today.

DarkCurrent on April 7, 2013

Hell.

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Is Castro dead yet? I can’t wait until he dies.

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

China, that’s place you can do what you want, as long as the government approves.

Oh wait, that’s here.

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

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