Failure to Launch: North Korea

625595_10101347713917422_578368042_nCurrently we seem to be in the middle of yet another round of North Korean threats. As of March 30, North Korea has declared that it is in a state of actual war with the United States and South Korea. This is, I think, a classic co-dependency relationship between Pyongyang and Beijing. And the unfortunate thing is that it is affecting the lives of about 25 million North Koreans, not to mention countless millions more in South Korea and Japan. The North needs the countries around it – including especially China – to support its many millions of starving citizens. But to get the attention (and food) that it needs from China it feels that it must make threats against its Korean and Japanese neighbors – thereby demonstrating that it is indeed an important regional player, a force to be reckoned with, and a country to which China should be sending countless food shipments from the depots in its northern cities of Harbin, Shenyang, and Jilin. Continue reading

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