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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on cooperation at this defining moment with the world's other largest economy, the United States, or on an absurd and outdated allegiance to the bizarre and historically obsolete feudal regime of the Kim family in Pyongyang.
Chen Chuandong, a counsellor at China's mission in Geneva, told the U.N. Human Rights Council that the independent commission
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?
KIM FIRMLY IN CHARGE, CHINESE TOLD A former senior U.S. official said Beijing's insistence that North Korea halt testing
The announcement in Pyongyang on May 13 of the promotion of Jang Jong-nam to "minister of the People's Armed Forces" came
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.
Following the latest heightened, bellicose threats from North Korea, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a new round of sanctions, aimed primarily at starving their growing missile program. But increased sanctions are unlikely to create a positive change in North Korean conduct.
Now that China has moved to align its approach toward North Korea more closely with the U.S., Washington should focus on taking a new diplomatic effort to achieve significant progress on nuclear and missile issues with Pyongyang through both further sanctions and new incentives.
North Korea's latest threats of a rocket test beg the question of why China does not do more to stop its little communist brother from acting so rancorously. After all, there is no other country in the world that provides as much food and fuel to the regime.
South Korea toiled its way out of dire poverty four decades ago, creating an economic miracle. Equally industrious, determined North Koreans could do the same today, if given half a chance.
As long as Kim Jong Il's policies remain in force, the North's future remains dismal. The U.S. should watch for glimmers of reform while backing away, allowing South Korea to deal with whatever emerges in Pyongyang.
North Korea has a new problem on its hands besides poverty and reported bouts of famine -- Kim Jong Il's new enemy is cellphones
The aftermath of the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island is not the first time America has looked at China for scapegoats.
The diplomatic cables warn, however, that China would not accept the presence of U.S. troops north of the demilitarized zone

As North Korea closes itself off to the outside world even more, China's unique role as an interlocutor will become even more necessary.