Big Daddy China Asks N. Korea To Pipe Down, Korea’s Response: N-O!
Well, it seems like North Korea really doesn’t like being pushed around, even if its big daddy China doing the pushing.
It seems that after some serious pressure from the Trump administration, the Chinese government finally decided to start putting some pressure on the North Koreans (yes…Trump’s foreign policy, it seems, is actually working!) and their nuclear program.
China has already put an embargo on all coal imports for the year from North Korea, as of February, while the Chinese media continues to raise its critical commentary on the North Korean governments plans and policies. To top that, China has called on all the parties involved in the Korean standoff to remain calm and “stop irritating each other.”
But honestly here’s where it gets funny!
Instead of taking measures to appease its most important ally and partner in the region, North Korea has instead taken a snobbish route asking China to stick it up their a$$.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency issued this response – “China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.”
The news agency’s statement blasted “some ignorant politicians and media persons” and their ignorant and unnecessary remarks. The statement also stated that the calls for North Korea to stop pursuing its nuclear program was “a wanton violation of the independent and legitimate rights, dignity and supreme interests” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and instead represented “an undisguised threat to an honest-minded neighboring country which has a long history and tradition of friendship.”
The statement also added that “The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China.”
This clearly highlights the issue behind the Trump administration relying on China to “deal with” the DPRK. As much as the Koreans rely on their Chinese neighbour for their own economic growth, they are still extremely nationalistic and dislike being pushed around.
Known as “Juche”, this fierce independent state ideology of the North Korean government is what define’s their political thought process. Translating to “self-reliance”, Juche stresses the importance of total independence in all facets of its national life – be it the nations foreign policy to its economics and especially matters concerning its self defence.
This core tenet, which is part of North Korea’s very fabric, is the reason why North Korea continues to respond so aggressively to China’s demands, and one of the most important reasons why, as Trump realized during his ten minute lesson with President Xi on the Asian Pacific region, expecting China to solve the North Korean crisis is “not so easy.”