Debating North Korea: US and Chinese Perspectives

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      By:  Susan A. Thornton, Li Nan, and Juliet Lee,  August 25, 2021


      38North: Informed analysis of events in and around North Korea

      38North (The Stimson Center) is picky about copyright matters so I didn’t include an excerpt. I’ve noticed that people are reluctant to go to links concerning North Korean issues. I’ve been reading this website for over ten years and never had a problem with it. It’s one of the most reliable sources on North Korean related issues. I’m not endorsing the views in this article because I’m not a big fan of Susan Thornton. 38North presents a range of views on North Korean affairs. On the other hand, Marco Rubio, the far right ideologue, considers Thornton, too pro-China. Rubio, of course, doesn’t know anything about North Korea or China, he’s stuck in the 50s cold war mentality. There’s a little daylight in Thorton’s arguments, but they are restricted by domestic US interests, which she doesn’t really acknowledge placing the blame really entirely on North Korea. The idea that outside powers are inciting a rift in the US-Japan-South Korea alliance is absurd. There really isn’t such an alliance, but only the bilateral alliances of US-ROK, and US-Japan. The dispute is a historical one fulminating domestically in Japan and South Korea.

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