The options for using diplomacy to talk sense to North Korea are limited. China is the only nation with influence over its bellicose neighbor, so the United States and the rest of the world look to Beijing to restrain Pyongyang when the nuclear-armed nation acts up.
When China won’t go so far as closing its border with North Korea to trade, or restricting the oil shipments North Korea and its military rely on, the rest of the world blames Beijing for enabling Pyongyang to continue its incendiary threats.
But the view from Beijing is more complicated. The Chinese leadership wants something in return for putting pressure on Pyongyang, and now China has added Japan to the agenda of any discussions with the United States on North Korea.… Seguir leyendo »