Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Analyst says it can't be ruled out that 'Fatty the Third' will engage in nuclear blackmail against China

America's former top diplomat in Asia says that there are clear signs that China has become exasperated with North Korea. New leader Kim Jong Un - known as "Fatty the Third," in reference to his father and grandfather, the former dictators of North Korea rhetoric has put an enormous strain on China, pressed to address other problems. Furthermore, once North Korea gets nuclear weapons, he says, there's no guarantee that North Korea won't play nuclear blackmail with China!

China's relationship with North Korea had become a liability, he says. 'Why should China maintain relations with a regime and a country that will face failure sooner or later?' Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea expert at the International Crisis Group says.

China's relationship with North Korea had become a liability, he says. "Why should China maintain relations with a regime and a country that will face failure sooner or later?" Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea expert at the International Crisis Group says.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Norh Korea, China, liability, Fatty the Third, nuclear blackmail


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China has been North Korea's closest ally for many years, as well as its largest trade partner and primary source of aid.

Kurt Campbell, the former head of the State department in Asia now says that there are signs that a relationship once described by Chairman Mao to be "as close as lips and teeth" is wearing thin.

"There is a subtle shift in Chinese foreign policy. Over the short to medium term, that has the potential to affect the calculus in northeast Asia," Campbell said at a forum at John Hopkins University.

Campbell, left the State department in February to found his own consultancy firm, and was at one time one of the architects of the U.S. diplomatic and military "pivot" towards Asia.

"I do not think that subtle shift can be lost on Pyongyang," he said. "They need a close relationship with China for every conceivable reason. It's not in their strategic interest to alienate every country that surrounds them.

"The most important new ingredient has been recognition in China that their previous approach to North Korea is not bearing fruit."

Campbell told the Wall Street Journal that China "cannot be happy" with North Korea and that a harder line may arrive out of Beijing.

Beijing appears to prefer the devil it knows, he says. China is most unwilling to discuss how to deal with North Korea with South Korea and the U.S. They don't welcome the American influence a reunified Korean peninsula could bring.

Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea expert at the International Crisis Group, said Beijing was "fed up" at the distractions being created by Pyongyang while it tries to focus its energies on other problems. "They need to address issues in the South China Sea, they have a corruption campaign going on at home, North Korea is giving them a headache," Pinkston says.

China's relationship with North Korea had become a liability, he says. "Why should China maintain relations with a regime and a country that will face failure sooner or later?" he asked. "Once North Korea has nuclear weapons, it cannot be ruled out that the capricious Kim regime will engage in nuclear blackmail against China," he added.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

HOLY SMOKES: Smoke from massive garbage dump fire in Mumbai seen in outer space Watch

Image of Toxic plumes of smoke sailing high into the heavens could be seen away from outer space after a massive trash heap caught in fire in Mumbai.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Toxic plumes of smoke sailing high into the heavens could be seen away from outer space after a massive trash heap caught in fire in Mumbai. The Deonar trash dump, Mumbai's largest landfill site, burned out of control in late January and went untended for four ... continue reading


Woman has ACID thrown on her face by husband over dowry argument Watch

Image of Officials say that the majority of acid attack victims survive their attacks - but the trauma haunts them for the rest of their lives (Zakir Hossain Chowdhury and Barcroft Media).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It's a horrific tragedy that points to greater national shame ... 23-year-old Jesmin Akter suffered burns to both her face and body after her husband splashed her with acid after an argument over their dowry. She is currently at a hospital recovering from the attack. ... continue reading


MAN TURNING INTO TREE! Bangladeshi man suffers from rare skin disease that turns skin into bark Watch

Image of Epidermodysplasia verruciformis or EV creates wart-like lesions on the body. Photo courtesy Zuma Wire/Shutterstock/REX.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A 25-year-old Bangladeshi man, suffering from a rare and inherited skin disease has been called the "tree man." His condition leaves lesions on his hands, feet, and other extremities that resemble tree bark. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Patient Abul ... continue reading


Teenager's ISIS-inspired attack plan using explosive-stuffed Kangaroos leads to arrest Watch

Image of Nineteen-year-old Sevdet Ramadan Besim has been arrested with four other teenagers on suspicion terrorist charges. (Pixabay)

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An Australian teenager has been arrested in connection with a fantastical plot to load a kangaroo with explosives, painted with the Islamic State flag, and set it loose on police officers on Anzac Day. Nineteen-year-old Sevdet Ramadan Besim has been arrested ... continue reading


Vowing to stop ISIS, Filipino Christian militia take up arms Watch

Image of Red God's Defenders are adamant about preventing the Philippines from becoming a new breeding ground for ISIS.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Members of a Christian militia group in the Philippines have taken up arms and were photographed burning the black flag of Islamic State. The "Red God's Defenders," as the militia group calls itself, is located in the mountains of the southern part of the country ... continue reading


ISIS terror attacks reach Indonesia (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS) Watch

Image of ISIS fanatics pulled weapons and attacked the citizens of Indonesia's capital (Xinhua/Barcroft Media).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On Thursday, ISIS sympathizers armed themselves with an array of weapons and stepped forward to wreak havoc in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. Suicide bomb blasts and shootings ensued, leaving five of the attackers - and several civilians - dead. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Have scientists discovered a new species of humans? Watch

Image of The more we learn about human evolution and migration, the more we realize how little we know.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have discovered stone tools on the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, which have been dated to at least 118,000-years-old. The find suggests that primitive humans inhabited the island long before the arrival of modern humans. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


AMAZING PHOTOS! Australian angler rides nine-foot bull shark like bucking bronco Watch

Image of Angler Stephen Pateman, believed to be from Grafton, New South Wales, is shown astride a large shark. Pateman wears a broad grin as the shark's mouth gapes open (Stephen Pateman/Facebook).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Startling images of an Australian fisherman riding a nine-foot long bull shark like a bucking bronco have turned up online. While delightful, the pictures raise concerns as the site of the photograph is a popular recreation waterway in Clarence River, ... continue reading


Possible MH370 find leads to unexpected discovery Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH370 continues as authorities announce the wreckage beneath the Indian Ocean belongs to the remains of a 200-year-old ship. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The flight went missing in 2014 with 239 ... continue reading


GRAPHIC VIDEO - Afghan lynch mob kills woman falsely accused of burning Koran

Image of Protests across Afghanistan erupted following the lynching.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Cell phone footage of an Afghan woman being killed by a lynch mob has surfaced online. In March, an Afghan woman was accused by a Muslim cleric of burning Koran. While she was almost certainly innocent of the charges, a lynch mob formed and attacked her. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Prayer in Time of Anger HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Saint Valentine and why we offer roses
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Stations of the Cross - Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to ...
  • 5 of the best non-traditional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • St. Valentine: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 14, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:9-14
9 Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen to me, Yahweh, answer me, for I am poor and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:27-32
27 When he went out after this, he noticed a tax collector, Levi by name, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 13th, 2016 Image

St. Catherine de Ricci
February 13: St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her ... Read More