09 June 2010

North Korean crazy

You know you are dealing with a special kind of crazy when a country guns down citizens of the only country on the planet that will support its already crazy government.

North Korean border guards shot and killed three Chinese citizens at the border. Even China figures it has to protest:
Chinese analysts said that although cross-border disputes occur regularly, often involving livestock, a shooting of Chinese civilians is rare. "It's a big deal," said Zhang Liangui, a professor at the International Strategy Institute at the Central Party School in Beijing. "This will affect Chinese people's views of North Korea."

Do you think?

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At 09 June, 2010 11:34, Blogger jack perry said...

Do you think?

Depends. (1) Will the Chinese press report it? (2) Even if so, will they keep reporting it, pressing it, or will they clam up if the government turns a harsh eye their way, as Sauron did to the army north of Mordor?

In the end, the only thing that matters regarding the North Korean regime is how long the Chinese government wants to continue propping up its client state. What the Chinese people think, feel, or want doesn't matter.

At 09 June, 2010 18:56, Blogger Clemens said...

Don't know, but the fact that they even acknowledge the problem says a lot. And there does seem to be one thing the Chinese gov't has trouble controlling: popular rage at insults to the nation, i.e. nationalism, not to say xenophobic chauvinism.

Besides, a little Korea bashing would take their minds off other problems that may be reaching the boiling pt in China.

Not that I would know.

At 09 June, 2010 18:59, Blogger Clemens said...

And as the article says:
"The shooting -- which prompted an unusual public diplomatic protest by Beijing to its longtime ally Pyongyang -- comes amid intense pressure on China from the United States and the United Nations to join the international condemnation of North Korea in the sinking of a South Korean naval warship March 26."

So it does seem to have been publicized, at least momentarily.


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