By Beth Main
In a beautiful display of playground politics on an international scale North Korea snubs China in favour of America so China is now in the difficult position of continuing to pretend that they are still allies with North Korea to save losing face: ‘It’s complicated’.
In the meantime, Chinese relations with South Korea are warming up and set to improve after the inauguration of South Korea’s first female president, Park Geun-hye.
China has long been seen as a protector of North Korea, united by their Communist ideologies, but North Korea’s refusal to rejoin Chinese instigated six party talks regarding its atomic weapons program, and recent nuclear tests are really pushing China to the limit. North Korea is like the distant and abusive boyfriend, happy to share a bed with China until they can get with the US, who they claim to want to burn alive (diplomatic equivalent of snapping bra straps), but who also have weaponry that blows Kim Jong-un‘s skirt up.
The Global Times reports:
Before it launched the satellite in April 2012, North Korea had already informed the US in December 2011. When the news was released, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs felt embarrassed when asked if it had known about the launch.
South of the 38th parallel things are looking up. Relations between South Korea and China have improved dramatically since they established diplomatic relations in 1992, later upgrading bilateral ties to strategic cooperative partnership in 2008. Park Geun-hye is a fluent Chinese speaker with an honorary degree from a Taiwanese univerisity who wants to reopen communications with North Korea and bring stability to northeast Asia, like an Asian diplomatic angel.
As their respective governments continue to improve diplomatic relations, South Korea’s soft power is working its magic on an adoring Chinese market, exporting pop music, TV dramas, films, actors, models, clothes, accessories and make-up. Trade between the two countries has increased 40-fold in the past two decades. Xinhua reports:
To further boost trade, China, South Korea and Japan agreed formally in November to launch negotiations for a free trade area, tapping the potential of cooperation among Asia’s three economic giants.
Obviously North Korea didn’t get an invitation, what with the poverty, lack of economic growth and playing with nuclear
toys weapons. Don’t get too complacent Kim, if you don’t want to play with China, there’s a Korea who does. Test a few more nuclear weapons and China may even click ‘defriend’.