Sunday, May 02, 2010

President Kim...

...almost certainly hat in hand, reportedly has arrived in China.

What I find most important to the aforementioned story is that there is an expected trade-off to any talks involving North Korea and China: The Chinese will supply the financial aid the North Korean government desperately needs, but Pyongyang must guarantee that it will return to multi-nation talks about nuclear weapons.

There is the regular wailing and gnashing of teeth in the United States about China eventually taking a dominant position in the geopolitical discussions between the two nations. I find most of those arguments rooted in fear or rhetorical nonsense.

However, the tit-for-tat that apparently is going to come to fruition between Beijing and Pyongyang is a sure sign of which Asian nation holds the power in that relationship.

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