China Shows Readiness to 'Punish Anyone' Who Will Destabilize Korean Peninsula

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An op-ed in state-owned newspaper the Global Times said Friday that China should make it clear it will "stay neutral" if the North launches missiles that threaten American soil, even if the US retaliates.

The conflict is entrenched.

Begging China and Russian Federation to rescue the USA from nuclear North Korea plays right into their hands by messaging our allies that the United States is helpless, that real power over North Korea is not in Washington, but in Beijing and Moscow.

China's state-owned The Global Times said the country won't help North Korea if it attacks the US، but would intervene if the U.S. attempted to attack North Korea preemptively.

Chinese exports to North Korea rose nearly 30 percent to $1.67 billion in the first half of the year, largely driven by textile materials and other traditional labour-intensive goods not included on the United Nations embargo list, Chinese customs spokesman Huang Songping told reporters. Meanwhile, the US and South Korea could just be bystanders as China and North Korea confront each other. The UN sanctions, introduced to punish North Korea for its missile and nuclear programs, do not include any bans on textile exports. "And that, in turn, is extremely risky", he said.

All factories in North Korea are state-owned.

By getting clothes made in North Korea, manufactures can reportedly save up to 75% of the production cost, a Chinese trader who has lived in Pyongyang said. By publicly announcing the possibility of attacking Guam (a USA territory), Pyongyang is directly threatening United States security, and that has greatly increased the specter of escalation, explained Zhang.

North Korean forces hold a parade in Pyongyang
North Korean forces hold a parade in Pyongyang

North Korea's latest missile test was its 13 (and tenth successful one) since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January.

In turn, Tong Zhao, a fellow in Carnegie's Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, said that North Korea will not engage in an open military confrontation.

Australian sportswear brand Rip Curl publicly apologized previous year when it was discovered that some of its ski gear, labeled "Made in China", had been made in one of North Korea's garment factories. China and Russian Federation should be warned, to give them one last chance to disarm North Korea.

The new United Nations sanctions, which were imposed to punish the country over its nuclear and missiles programs, will see North Korea's $3bn (£2.3bn) annual export revenue slashed by a third. And calls for Chinese intervention come just as regularly. The Global Times editorial also addressed the topic: "Since the UN Security Council began to impose sanctions on North Korea in 2006, China has paid the highest economic and diplomatic price".

Clothes carrying "Made in China" labels are reportedly not manufactured in the mainland but in the reclusive North Korean border city of Dandong, according to Korean-Chinese businessmen and traders. The two countries have a mutual defense treaty dating to 1961. In other words, the claim is: China's influence is limited.

"North Korean workers can produce 30 percent more clothes each day than a Chinese worker", said the Korean-Chinese businessman. He also declined to say exactly what he thinks China could do to defuse the situation, adding rather: "We should leave that to decision makers".

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