Thoughts from the Chairman: Re-Think Chinese Policy Toward DPRK
February 28, 2013
Re-Think Chinese Policy Toward DPRK
By Bonnie Glaser
In the wake of North Korea’s third nuclear test, attention has inevitably turned to China. As North Korea’s largest trading partner and supplier of aid, including food and oil, China is the only country in the world that has potential leverage over Pyongyang that could be used to compel it to give up its nuclear ambitions. Chinese support for yet another United Nations Security Council resolution condemning North Korea’s provocations and further sanctioning its behavior is essential since UNSCR 2087, which was unanimously adopted in late January in response to North’s December the long-range rocket launch, expressed the determination of the UNSC to take “significant action in the event of a further DPRK launch or nuclear test.” But the imposition of additional penalties by the UN is unlikely to force North Korean leader Kim Jung-un to abandon the nuclear weapons program and return to multilateral talks.
Listen to Christopher Johnson's analysis of China's reaction to the North Korean nuclear test in his interview on NPR Talk of the Nation.
Watch Christopher Johnson and security firm Mandiant's Richard Bejtlich discuss Mandiant's report linking cyber-espionage against the U.S. to a Chinese military unit on PBS Newshour.
Watch Andrea Mitchell Reports with Christopher Johnson about Chinese cyber attacks on NBC News.
Watch Christopher Johnson and Edward Luttwak discuss China's future prospects and Luttwak's new book, The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy, at the book event on February 25, 2013.
Read Christopher Johnson's testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commitssion, on "China's New Leadership and Implications for the United States," on February 7, 2013.