China, U.S. en­able North Korean mis­be­hav­ior

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

The re­cent Washington Times ar­ti­cle “Obama cau­tions N. Korea about ‘provo­ca­tions’ ” (Web, Satur­day) re­veals an Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion fail­ure to face the fact that in­sta­bil­ity on the Korean penin­sula — and the cold­blooded sink­ing of the South Korean ship Cheo­nan — are ul­ti­mately the fault of China.

China could eas­ily or­der North Korea to stand down, as it would not ex­ist with­out Chi­nese spon­sor­ship. North Korean de­pen­dency on China goes back to the Korean War and re­mains true given China’s vast mil­i­tary and eco­nomic re­sources. If China were to put real pres­sure on North Korea, the coun­try would have no choice but to back down.

Thus, China al­lows the threat­en­ing and mur­der­ous ac­tions of North Korea to con­tinue. It’s that sim­ple.

The United States also en­ables this by not putting pres­sure on China, which grows rich from un­lim­ited ac­cess to our mar­kets while us­ing prof­its to build mis­siles to point at us. Mean­while, our chil­dren be­come in­debted to China and we al­low our­selves to be fooled by its good-com­mu­nist/ bad­com­mu­nist cha­rade.

In­stead of cau­tion­ing North Korea, we should be warn­ing China. D.A. SAMS West Jef­fer­son, Ohio

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