posted on May, 28 2009 @ 06:05 PM
From The Wall St Journal
But after Monday's test, many people who influence Chinese policy have come to see North Korea as a liability for China, and even as a
[North Korea Trade chart]
Chinese official commentators have been stinging in their criticism of the government in Pyongyang, though it is impossible for outsiders to gauge how
such statements reflect the views of those setting China's foreign policy.
"North Korea has become a major problem for China," says Zhang Yushan, who works for a government-run think tank in Jilin province near the North
Korean border. "It has become a dangerous player in the world."
Mr. Zhang's views represent a slow but steady change in how China's North Korea-watchers view Pyongyang. Whereas most were sympathetic to their
neighbor, over the past few years, China's academic community -- with a few exceptions -- has swung to a strongly critical position.
In the past, many supported the argument that North Korea's actions must be tolerated because opposing it might lead to instability. That view is
"I'm less interested in stability than in having a denuclearized Korean peninsula," says Zhang Liangui of the Party School, the leading think tank
of China's ruling Communist Party. "It is not in China's interest to have our neighbor exploding nuclear devices."
Official media have been scathing. The Global Times, an English-language Web site run by the party's People's Daily newspaper, ran an article
quoting scholars saying that China needed to get tough with North Korea.