Mr. Cathcart of SinoNK, posits that China might possibly re-assess its stance towards North Korea, and may become much more firm against them, in the wake of these latest missile launches:
Of course, this isn’t the first time that China has said it would be harsh against North Korea. Unfortunately, China, when it comes to North Korea, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Pissed off that North Korea didn’t validate China’s system, by following its footsteps and economically reforming, while seemingly managing to piss off every other neighbor they are trying to have good relations with (i.e. South Korea, Japan [economically-speaking. Not when fighting over WWII, or history at large, and islands]), and then of course, there’s also the fear of a collapsing North Korea.
As such the venting of North Korea in the recent years isn’t anything new, but if this becomes consistently persistent even after Xi’s administration, then we may actually see some change. Then again, if we look towards what’s happening in Crimea…
…We may not.
Here’s a look at China’s views on what the annual US-ROK exercises means to China, and how North Korea’s unannounced missile shots may be a thorn in China’s sides:
Mr. 張璉瑰(Zhang, Lian-Gui) was one of the panelists.