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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on cooperation at this defining moment with the world's other largest economy, the United States, or on an absurd and outdated allegiance to the bizarre and historically obsolete feudal regime of the Kim family in Pyongyang.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?
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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.
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.
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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.