CHINA-N. KOREA TIES STILL STRONG

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

A draft con­gres­sional com­mis­sion re­port has con­cluded that China is not co­op­er­at­ing with the United States and oth­ers in Asia to pres­sure North Korea into halt­ing its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

“Fol­low­ing a slew of mis­sile and weapons sys­tems tests demon­strat­ing alarm­ing ad­vances in ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in Septem­ber 2016 North Korea con­ducted its fifth nu­clear test, which was the most pow­er­ful to date,” says the lat­est draft of the an­nual re­port by the U.S.-China Eco­nomic and Se­cu­rity Re­view Com­mis­sion.

Bei­jing pub­licly con­demned the lat­est nu­clear test, but the bi­par­ti­san com­mis­sion said “given its track record, China can be ex­pected to un­evenly en­force sanc­tions in a way that will not se­ri­ously desta­bi­lize the Kim [Jong-un] regime.”

Also, in­creased North Korean mis­sile and nu­clear tests will not lead Bei­jing to cut off trade and crit­i­cal re­sources like coal and oil, de­spite de­mands that Bei­jing pres­sure its ally, the re­port said.

Worse, the an­nounced de­ploy­ment of the U.S. Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fense, an ad­vanced mis­sile de­fense, in South Korea is be­ing viewed by China as a “di­rect threat.” China has be­gun us­ing the THAAD de­ploy­ment to ob­struct in­ter­na­tional and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion on North Korea.

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