China threatens to cut off aid to North Korea
In response to UN Security Council Resolution 2087 which was approved on Wednesday, North Korea vowed that it will carry out a “high-level” nuclear test. This may not be mere angry words, because South Korea says preparation for North Korea’s new nuclear test is already in progress.
Wednesday’s UN resolution condemned North Korea’s rocket launch in December and expanded existing sanctions. After putting a lot of effort into amendments for the draft resolution, China also voted for it.
It seems that North Korea does not appreciate China’s efforts. It criticized China without explicitly naming it in its statement yesterday: “Those big countries, which are obliged to take the lead in building a fair world order, are abandoning without hesitation even elementary principles, under the influence of the US’ arbitrary and high-handed practices, and failing to come to their senses.”
China has a dilemma: We are further away from the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and there’s no possible way for us to search for a diplomatic balance between North Korea and South Korea, Japan and the US.
China should be more relaxed and reduce our expectations on the effect of our strategies toward the peninsula. We should have a pragmatic attitude to deal with the problems and pursue the optimal ratio between our investment of resources and strategic gains.
China can neither take one side of the peninsula conflict like the US and Japan nor dream of staying aloof. We should readily accept that China is involved and may offend one side or both sides.