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The public can watch the carrier Carl Vinson leave San Diego Harbor on Tuesday for a long-planned training exercise and for deployment to the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
Navy officials say Vinson, which will serve as the flagship of Carrier Group 1, will depart at 11 a.m. and should clear the harbor about one hour later.
The carrier group will comprised of the Vinson, the cruiser Bunker Hill, and the destroyers Stockdale and Gridley. This will be the maiden deployment for the Stockdale.
"If the CHICOMS (Chinese Communists) are unhappy about one carrier in the North China Sea, possibly their unhappiness at two carriers sailing in their Exclusive Economic Zone might prompt them to get off the dime and lean on North Korea."
China launched its second Type 071 landing ship dock amphibious assault ship from the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on the night of 18 November.
Chinese UAV targets U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Airshow Presentation
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has stated that China's stance on U.S. naval action in the Yellow Sea remains unchanged. The politically influential and increasingly vocal military is also likely to keep the pressure on the leadership to take a firm stand.
Any affront to Beijing's authority or intrusion into Chinese territorial waters would inflame the Chinese public and require a government response, said Fang Xiuyu, an analyst on Korean issues at Fudan University's Institute of International Studies in Shanghai.
"We hope that the U.S. can exert restraint and not cross that line," Fang said.
Out on the streets of downtown Seoul with thousand of elderly vets rallying peacefully. They want #ROK to respond with force to #DPRK. 33 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Two top North Korean officials arrived in Beijing on Tuesday amid sharp tensions on the Korean peninsula following the North's artillery attack on the South, South Korean and Japanese media said.
Kim Yong-Il, the head of the international department of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, arrived in Beijing on a flight from Pyongyang, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported separately that Choe Thae-Bok, chairman of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly and considered a close confidant of leader Kim Jong-Il, also arrived for a visit.
China's Xinhua news agency had said that Choe would be visiting until December 4, but its state media had made no previous mention of a visit by Kim, who is a top official in charge of diplomatic matters.
Japan's foreign ministry also said it was sending its top North Korea envoy to China on Tuesday, where he will meet his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei.
In another cable reproduced by The New York Times, a Chinese official whose name was removed said that Beijing believed North Korea had "gone too far" after carrying out its second nuclear test and firing a missile.
The official told a US diplomat "that Chinese officials had expressed Chinese displeasure to North Korean counterparts and had pressed (North Korea) to return to the negotiation table," it said.
"Unfortunately," the Chinese official was quoted as saying, "those protests had had no effect."
"'The only country that can make progress with the North Koreans is the United States,'" the Chinese official was quoted as saying.
Many US experts believe that China wants to preserve the status quo on North Korea, fearing that a collapse would trigger a flood of refugees and bring a united and US-allied Korea to its border.
But senior South Korean official Chun Yung-Woo is quoted in a cable as saying that more "sophisticated" Chinese officials have come to believe that North Korea "has little value to China as a buffer state" since its first nuclear test in 2006.
However, another cable quoted a Chinese official who "discounted strongly any suggestion that the system would collapse once Kim Jong-Il disappeared."
The unnamed official "cautioned that US experts should not assume North Korea would implode after Kim Jong-Il's death," it said.
The envisioned change, reported to the National Assembly, will free South Korean forces from the existing regulations that stipulate they should respond to an enemy attack with the same kind of weapons and the same amount of firepower the enemy used.
The government is looking into using Baeknyeong Island in the West Sea as a forward-deployment base supporting marines in case of an amphibious landing on North Korea's west coast. "The presidential defense committee is looking into the possibility of turning the five West Sea islands including Baeknyeong into launching platforms for marine landings on North Korea's west coast in times of conflict and stationing strategic missiles with a range of some 500 km there," a government source said Monday.
As soon as the delegation arrived, they asked the Foreign Ministry to arrange an audience with Lee the same day, without clearly stating the purpose of the meeting. One source said, "It is against diplomatic protocol to request a meeting with a head of state in such a manner."
China initially wanted Dai's visit to remain confidential, but Seoul refused, saying the request is inappropriate in this situation.
Dai reportedly gave a tedious hour-long talk on the history of relations between South Korea and China, which offended Lee. Then when Dai called for resumption of six-party nuclear talks, Lee did not say a word.
A newspaper in Israel has condemned South Korea's response to North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island as "the model we must strenuously avoid emulating." The rightwing Jerusalem Post, in an editorial titled "As Iran Watches Korea," on Saturday said, "Both North Korea and its Mideastern associates are testing the limits of world tolerance," and claimed, "Teheran and Damascus carefully monitor every nuance of Washington's response to Pyongyang's actions."
Leaked dispatches show Beijing is frustrated with military actions of 'spoiled child' and increasingly favours reunified Korea
1. (S) Vice Foreign Minister Chun Yung-woo told the Ambassador February 17th that China would not be able to stop North Korea's collapse following the death of Kim Jong-il (KJI). The DPRK, Chun said, had already collapsed economically and would collapse politically two to three years after the death of Kim Jong-il. Chun dismissed ROK media reports that Chinese companies had agreed to pump 10 billion USD into the North's economy. Beijing had "no will" to use its modest economic leverage to force a change in Pyongyang's policies -- and the DPRK characterized as "the most incompetent official in China" -- had retained his position as chief of the PRC's 6PT delegation.
Describing a generational difference in Chinese attitudes toward North Korea, Chun claimed XXXXXXXXXXXX believed Korea should be unified under ROK control. Chun acknowledged the Ambassador's point that a strong ROK-Japan relationship would help Tokyo accept a reunified Korean Peninsula. End summary. VFM Chun on Sino-North Korean Relations...
Originally posted by Vitchilo
reply to post by Mr. D
Hopefully Russia is for it... so the Koreans can finally have peace... and the North Koreans a meal.
Medvedev might announce a new political division of Russia... which might lead to problems and separatism within Russia...