China North Korea
A top Chinese diplomat makes the case for new talks with North Korea.
China's leaders need to look hard at the "Chinese Dream" they are trying to realize for their country and decide if that dream rests more on cooperation at this defining moment with the world's other largest economy, the United States, or on an absurd and outdated allegiance to the bizarre and historically obsolete feudal regime of the Kim family in Pyongyang.
It's a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come -- a true hermit kingdom. So why would an American tourist ever be allowed into the country?
The greatest threats to China and America come not from each other, but from flaws in their own systems of governance. Chinese and Americans alike are burdened by political systems that are not keeping pace with the times.
As long as China continues to feed, clothe, and arm regimes like North Korea and Iran, the world will face these kinds of destabilizing nuclear-tipped crises. This is the time for China to stand up so that North Korea (and Iran) will stand down.