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China Exclusive: Crowds flock to Korean War martyrs’ graves [Xinhua]

Posted in China, DPR Korea, Liaoning Province, Shenyang, Sino-Korean Friendship, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on April 19, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Xinhua writers Lyu Qiuping and Xu Yang

SHENYANG, April 4 (Xinhua) — …swarms of people are visiting a park for Chinese casualties of the Korean War, with the site having received new prominence after the remains of 437 such martyrs were delivered there from the Republic of Korea (ROK) [in late March 2014]…

…Veterans, family members of the martyrs, students, soldiers and locals are among those paying tribute to Chinese who fell in the conflict in Korea more than six decades ago.

The Martyrs’ Park for the Korean War is located in the northeastern city of Shenyang. Following the mass delivery of remains on March 28, it is now the last resting place of more than 500 martyrs.

“Tens of thousands lost their lives at that time in exchange for peace today,” said 65-year-old Wu Jizhang, who comes to the park every year with his octogenarian mother to remember both his father and other martyrs.

His father, Wu Guozhang, served as deputy commander of the No. 39 Army of the Chinese People’s Volunteers (CPVs).

“Although many of their names are unknown, they share a common title: hero,” said Wu.

More than two million CPV soldiers fought to aid the army of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the war against the ROK army and U.S.-led UN forces from 1950 to 1953. Some 180,000 of them were killed, with most buried in the DPRK or ROK.

Last year, while on a trip to China, ROK President Park Geun-hye offered to return the remains of 437 CPV soldiers to China.

During a ceremony held at the airport to which the remains were delivered, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said the CPVs and their commendable military service had never been forgotten.

“We hold this ceremony to sing the praises of the CPV martyrs. Our deepest thoughts are with them and our highest respect goes to them,” said Zhang.

The Martyrs’ Park for the Korean War is currently preparing tombs and gravestones for the remains, which are expected to be buried there in the second half of 2014, according to Liu Xuyang, director of the park’s management committee.

The park was built in 1951 as a venue where people could gather for commemoration services. Nearly 10,000 people visit the site every Tomb-sweeping Day, and Liu expects the number to increase this year.

He said the return of the remains means more Chinese born in recent decades can feel the cruelty of war and better cherish peace.

Jin Canrong, vice president of the School of International Studies of the Renmin University of China, said the CPVs’ fighting in Korea was actually to safeguard peace and stability in China.

“More than 60 years later, China is still enjoying the ‘dividend of peace’ gained from the war,” Jin said, adding that long-term stability had provided a firm foundation for the country’s industrial and agricultural development.

“Our relatives marched across the border Yalu River to fight for the peace of our homeland,” said Li Haifang, son of a martyr. “They would be very proud if they could learn in heaven of the great changes in China.”

Wu Jizhang called for the park to erect a wall with inscriptions of the names of the CPV martyrs. The fixture would be a suitable tribute and would allow later generations to gather strength for patriotism, he said.

“Their names should be remembered and respected,” Wu added.

Excerpted / edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-04/04/c_133239558.htm

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UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Anti-communism, Australia, Beijing, Black propaganda, Capitalist media double standard, China, China-bashing, Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, INS, Israel, Kim Jong Un, Media smear campaign, Obama, Psychological warfare, Pyongyang, Saudi Arabia, Sino-Korean Friendship, south Korea, State Department, US imperialism, USA on February 20, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Peter Symonds
18 February 2014

The UN report on human rights in North Korea released yesterday marks an acceleration of the US-led campaign to destabilise and ultimately remove the Pyongyang regime. The [alleged] catalogue of horrors in North Korea is designed to stampede public opinion behind any US provocations directed against Pyongyang, but above all to intensify the pressure on North Korea’s ally, China.

The highly political character of the UN commission of inquiry was underlined by the comments of its chair, former Australian judge Michael Kirby, who declared that the repressive methods of the North Korean regime were “strikingly similar” to the crimes of Nazi Germany. He likened North Korean prisons to the Nazi concentration camps in which millions of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were exterminated.

Kirby has already written to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, declaring that his commission is recommending that “the international criminal court render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for the crimes against humanity.” In his comments yesterday, Kirby declared that the purpose of the commission’s report was to “galvanize action on the part of the international community.”

Kirby’s condemnation of the North Korean regime, picked up and amplified by the US and international media, recalls the demonisation of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic as the “Serbian Hitler” prior to the 1999 NATO bombing campaign that rained death and destruction on that country’s population. Similarly, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was subjected to a campaign of vilification prior to the illegal 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq that devastated the country and killed hundreds of thousands of people.

North Korea is a small, impoverished and isolated country, not an imperialist power like Germany, which, under the Nazis, launched wars of aggression that ravaged Europe…the targeting of governments and individuals by the UN and its associated institutions is invariably highly selective, politically coloured and geared to the predatory interests of the imperialist powers, above all the United States.

No one is suggesting that a UN commission of inquiry be established into any of the crimes of US imperialism, such as waging wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq — the crime for which the Nazi leaders were convicted at Nuremberg. Similarly, no UN investigations are under way into the crimes and human rights abuses of US allies such as Israel or Saudi Arabia.

The lengthy report is based largely on the testimony of North Korean refugees and exiles who provided [allegations] of their [prison] treatment…The commission of inquiry was barred from entering North Korea.

…the North Korean exile community, particularly in South Korea, is heavily influenced by anti-communist organisations, right-wing Christian groups and the state apparatus, particularly the South Korean National Intelligence Service. The UN commission of inquiry has now given its official seal to testimony from this layer.

It is no accident that the report itself echoes the propaganda that has emanated from Washington for years…

Those who should be held criminally responsible for starving the North Korean people are above all the successive US administrations that maintained an economic blockade of the country following the 1953 termination of the Korean War, in which the United States killed hundreds of thousands of Korean civilians and soldiers. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington systematically tightened the sanctions regime on North Korea in a calculated effort to bring about its collapse. Any humanitarian aid came with political strings attached. In the mid-1990s, economic sanctions compounded food shortages caused by a string of natural disasters, leading to widespread famine and deaths.

While the role of the US and its allies in systematically destabilising North Korea goes unmentioned, the UN commission report does single out China for special mention. It specifically criticises China for its return of asylum seekers to North Korea, suggesting that it is in breach of its obligations under international refugee laws.

China is not alone, however, in branding asylum seekers as so-called “economic refugees” and…repatriating them. Governments in Kirby’s own country, Australia, are notorious for the “refoulement” of refugees.

The real purpose of the accusation against China is to place it in the dock alongside North Korea, potentially opening up Chinese leaders to charges of complicity in “crimes against humanity.” The UN commission report feeds directly into the Obama administration’s escalating provocations and pressure against China throughout the Indo-Pacific region, as part of its “pivot to Asia.”

The US is targeting North Korea in particular because it is China’s only formal ally and acts as a buffer for China on its northern border. A change of regime in Pyongyang to one sympathetic to Washington would further tighten the noose of US alliances, bases and strategic partnerships around China.

Not surprisingly, the US State Department welcomed the UN report.. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal praised the report for “naming and shaming Pyongyang’s accomplices in Beijing.”

The editorial continued, “The report marks the first major mention of China by name in a UN assessment of North Korea,” and concluded by bluntly declaring, “The report’s findings underscore that Western policy should focus on squeezing the regime with a goal of toppling it.”

The trip to Asia by US Secretary of State John Kerry over the past week signaled that the Obama administration intends to step up the “squeeze” not only on North Korea, but China as well. North Korea topped the agenda in Kerry’s talks with Chinese leaders. He told the media that China had to use “every tool at their disposal, all of the means of persuasion that they have” to compel North Korea to denuclearise.

By extending the accusations against the North Korean regime to “crimes against humanity”, the US is effectively ruling out any compromise or deal with North Korea and setting course for a confrontation with Pyongyang and its ally in Beijing.

Edited / excerpted by Zuo Shou; full article here: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/18/kore-f18.html

National Meeting Marks 60th Anniversary of Victory in Fatherland Liberation War [KCNA]

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), DPR Korea, Juche Idea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Korean War, Pyongyang, Sino-Korean Friendship, Songun policy, south Korea, US imperialism, USA, Workers Party of Korea WPK on July 28, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) — A grand national meeting was held at May Day Stadium Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.
Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, appeared at the tribune of honor of the meeting place.
Taking the tribune of honor were senior officials of the party, the state and the army including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, and officials of the party and armed forces organs.
Seen there were Li Yuanchao, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice-president of the People’s Republic of China, Abdullah al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of the Syria’s Baath Arab Socialist Party, Guy Scott, vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand, vice-president of the Republic of Uganda, and heads of foreign delegations.
Also seen there were Hong In Hum, chairman of the Central Audit Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, Choe Un Bok, chairperson of the General Association of Koreans in China, and Kim Kang Hui, head of the lecturers group of veterans of the Chinese People’s Volunteers.
Present at the meeting were delegates of war veterans, officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, bereaved families of fallen fighters, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, art and literature, public health and media, merited persons, Pyongyangites, delegations of overseas compatriots, compatriots abroad and chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
Present on invitation there were diplomatic envoys of various countries, representatives of international organizations and members of the military attaches corps here, delegations and delegates of various countries staying here to participate in events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war and other foreign guests.
KPA Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, declared the meeting open.
Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK and president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, made a report at the meeting.
He said:
The U.S. imperialists ignited the Korean war on June 25, 1950 to realize their wild ambition to dominate Asia and the rest of the world with the Korean Peninsula as its springboard. They hurled into the war even troops of its satellite countries by abusing the UN flag, and applied all sorts of the most brutal war methods and means including the threat of A-bombs.
The army and people of the DPRK defeated the invaders of 16 countries including the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces in the war.
The historic victory in the war was the victory of the Juche-oriented military idea and outstanding strategy and tactics of President Kim Il Sung and one of the indomitable mental power of the army and people of the DPRK as they heroically fought, united close around the party and the leader.
The U.S. imperialists sustained a heavy defeat for the first time in their more than 100-year-long history of wars of aggression in the three-year-long Korean war and signed an instrument of surrender.
The DPRK, which beat back U.S. imperialism, was widely known as a country of heroes and its army and people earned worldwide fame as a heroic army and people.
During the war the party and government of China sent volunteers organized by its fine sons and daughters under the banner of resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland even under the difficult situation where they just won victory in the people’s revolution. They helped the Korean people in their just struggle at the cost of blood.
The internationalist example set by the Chinese People’s Volunteers in the war recorded a shining page in the history of the DPRK-China friendship and the Korean party and people will always remember this.
The army and people of the DPRK greeted a new era of history in which they are successfully carrying forward the history and tradition of sure victory which started in Mt. Paektu and reliably steering the human cause of independence, thanks to Kim Jong Un, the reporter noted, and went on:
We should hold the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the eternal leaders of our party and people and the sun of Juche for all ages and firmly uphold and eternally glorify the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning a victory in the war and the Songun revolutionary feats of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The army and people of the DPRK will continue dynamically advancing for peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the rest of the world together with the progressive people who aspire after justice and value conscience.
Only July 27 of victory will be in store for the DPRK as the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning the victory in the war and the Songun revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are shedding their rays and there are the invincible Paektusan army and the great unity of the army and people wisely led by Marshal Kim Jong Un.
Similar meetings took place in provinces, cities (districts), counties and industrial complexes to mark the anniversary. -0-

China, DPRK meet on developing economic zones in DPRK [Xinhua]

Posted in China, DPR Korea, Sino-Korean Friendship on August 28, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Photo taken on Aug. 14, 2012 shows the scene of the third meeting on developing two economic zones in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Beijing, capital of China. China and the DPRK held the third meeting in Beijing Tuesday on developing the Rason Economic and Trade Zone and the Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa Islands Economic Zone in the DPRK. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a third meeting in Beijing Tuesday on developing two economic zones in the DPRK, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MoC) announced.

Chinese and DPRK officials attended the meeting of the joint steering committee for developing and managing the Rason Economic and Trade Zone and the Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa Islands Economic Zone, according to the ministry.

"Both sides reached the consensus that the co-operation in developing the two economic zones has yielded impressive results and entered the stage of substantial development," the MoC said.

The two sides have jointly compiled related plans that will contribute to progress in establishing mechanisms, training personnel, compiling detailed plans, laws, and regulations, facilitating customs clearance, establishing telecom links, co-operating in agriculture fields, as well as building projects, according to the ministry.

The DPRK has amended the law for the Rason Economic and Trade Zone, and made law for the Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa Islands Economic Zone.

"The two sides stress that further promoting the co-operation in developing the two economic zones actively will play a significant role in consolidating the traditional friendly and co-operative relations, reinforcing exchanges in other fields, boosting economic growth of both sides and enhancing regional stability and prosperity," the ministry said.

The two sides will continue to follow the principle of "government-guided, enterprise-based, market-oriented, mutually beneficial" co-operation in developing the economic zones.

They signed agreements on subjects including operations of the committees, economic and technological co-operation, agricultural co-operation, electricity supply for the Rason zone, zone construction and detailed planning.

The Rason Economic and Trade Zone is in northeastern DPRK’s city of Rason, which is adjacent to Yanbian Prefecture in northeast China’s Jilin Province.

The Rason zone will "focus on the development of raw material, equipment, high technology industries, light industry, service sector and modern efficient agriculture."

It will gradually become the DPRK’s advanced manufacturing base, as well as a international logistics center and regional tourism center of northeast Asia.

The Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa Islands Economic Zone is near the estuary of the Yalu River, a border river that runs between the two countries.

The zone will focus on the development of information industry, tourism culture innovation sector, modern agriculture and garment making to gradually become the DPRK’s new economic zone of intensive intelligence, the ministry added.

The meeting was jointly presided over by Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Jang Song Taek, chief of the central administrative department of the Korean Workers’ Party.

The joint steering committee held its first meeting in November 2010 and the second meeting in June 2011…

Full article with more photos here

Film Review: “Meet in Pyongyang” 平壤之約 | 평양에서의 약속 [Film Business Asia / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in China, DPR Korea, Korean War, Sino-Korean Friendship, Sweet & Sour Cinema on July 19, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

China/North Korea
Contemporary drama
2012, colour, 2.35:1, 95 mins

Directed by Xierzhati Yahefu (西爾扎提・牙合甫), Kim Hyun Chol (김현철 | 金賢哲)

Rated 6 out of 10

Meet in Pyongyang

By Derek Elley

Fri, 13 July 2012


Glossy China-North Korea co-production is intriguing but short on human drama.

…The first China-North Korea co-production to be shown in both countries, Meet in Pyongyang 平壤之約 ‘ 평양에서의 약속 is a classily shot widescreen movie that’s let down by a lack of any real drama. Smoothly packaged by Uyghur co-director Xierzhati Yahefu 西爾扎提・牙合甫, who’s previously handled movies centred on his own ethnic group in Xinjiang (Olympic kid’s film Maimaiti’s 2008 買買提的2008 (2008) and romance Under the Sky of Urumqi 烏魯木齊的天空 (2010)), it avoids much of the archness of "friendship between countries" co-productions and benefits a lot from a fresh performance by 27-year-old actress Alice LIU 劉冬, who made her name as the versatile lead in Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting 80’后 (2009)

…a good chunk of the running time is devoted to scenes of rehearsals for the mass games, which are fascinating for anyone interested in the art and underpin the theme of dance as something not for one’s own ego but as a cog in a greater wheel ("100,000 people performing as one"). In fact, with each day captioned on screen, the film has a semi-documentary feel, with the personal stories of Xiaonan, Eun Sun and Xiaonan’s male guide there to provide a human hook…

…A nine-minute montage of the actual 2011 Arirang Mass Games — shot by GAO Qi 高琦 and GAO Kun 高錕 — forms a visually impressive climax…

…The first China-North Korea co-production was actually the clunky Oriental Gladiator 東方角鬥士 (2006), a drama directed by LI Qimin 李啓民 and RI Ju Ho 리주호 | 李洙浩 about the life of Korean-born wrestler Rikidozan 力道山 | 역도산. The finished production, however, was never approved for North Korean release.

[Excerpted by Zuo Shou]

Full article link here

“The death of Kim Jong-il” – Capitalist media propaganda blitz hides US history of aggression against DPR Korea and China [World Socialist Web Site]

Posted in Beijing, Bill Clinton, China, Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, Encirclement of China, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Korean Reunification, Korean War, Lee Myung-bak, Mao Zedong, Media cover-up, Media smear campaign, Nobel Peace Prize, Nukes, Pyongyang, Russia, Sanctions as weapon of war, Sino-Korean Friendship, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USSR on December 21, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Peter Symonds
20 December 2011

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, formally announced yesterday, has produced a mind-numbing deluge of articles in the international press presenting the regime in Pyongyang as irrational and crazed — a dangerous threat to stability in North East Asia, requiring the US and its allies to put their militaries on alert.

…However, the chief responsibility for the perennial regional tensions lies with the aggressive policies of the US, which has repeatedly sought to destabilise North Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

The Korean War itself was a monumental imperialist crime waged by the US and its allies, including Washington’s fascistic puppet regime in the South, directed not only against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in North Korea, but above all against the 1949 Chinese revolution and the Maoist regime in Beijing. The war left the country scarred and mutilated, with three million dead and many more maimed, and perpetuated Washington’s artificial post-war division of the peninsula.

Kim Jong-il [became] North Korea’s top leader after the death of his father Kim Il-sung in 1994 in the midst of a confrontation with the US that again brought the peninsula to the brink of war. US President George H. W. Bush and his successor, Bill Clinton, had seized on North Korea’s nuclear programs as a means of intensifying pressure on Pyongyang with a view to precipitating the disintegration of the regime.

The North Korean state confronted a worsening crisis following the collapse of its chief benefactor, the Soviet Union, in 1991. It agreed to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), expecting in return that the US and its allies would ease crippling economic sanctions and move toward diplomatic recognition. In what has become a recurring pattern over the past two decades, the US bullied and pressured North Korea into agreements, but refused to make any substantive moves to end Pyongyang’s isolation.

Matters came to a head in 1994 over the defuelling of North Korea’s small experimental reactor at Yongbyon, which the Clinton administration alleged would provide plutonium for the production of nuclear weapons. Military conflict was avoided only when Clinton, after being warned by his military chiefs of the catastrophic consequences, backed off and dispatched former President Jimmy Carter to cut a deal with Pyongyang.

Kim Il-sung died shortly after Carter’s trip. Kim Jong-il finalised what became known as the Agreed Framework, under which North Korea agreed to shut down and eventually dismantle its nuclear facilities in return for the supply of fuel oil and power reactors and, most importantly, an end to the country’s diplomatic and economic isolation. North Korea froze its nuclear programs, but the US never lived up to its end of the bargain.

In South Korea, Kim Dae-jung, who became president in 1998, held out the possibility of a rapprochement between the two Koreas under his “Sunshine Policy.” He represented sections of the South Korean corporate elite that sought to open up North Korea as a source of cheap labour. For Kim Jong-il, the policy held out the prospect of ending North Korea’s deep economic slump following the end of the Soviet Union. The two Kims shook hands in a highly publicised meeting in Pyongyang in June 2000, which was followed by a visit by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to the North Korean capital in the dying days of the Clinton administration.

The euphoria in ruling circles surrounding the Sunshine Policy — resulting in Kim Dae-jung being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 — rapidly evaporated with the installation of George W. Bush as US president. The Bush administration put US policy on Korea under review, ended any prospect of diplomatic contact and effectively tore up the Agreed Framework. Supplies of fuel oil were ended and the construction of the promised power reactors, which had never begun, was scrapped. In early 2002, Bush threw down the gauntlet to North Korea, declaring it to be part of an “axis of evil” with Iran and Iraq.

Bush’s provocative moves were never primarily about North Korea or its nuclear programs. In the first place, they were aimed against China, which Bush had declared to be “a strategic rival” during his election campaign. By deliberately escalating tensions, Washington threatened one of Beijing’s traditional allies, strategically situated on its border. At the same time, the US cut across the economic plans of China, Russia and the European powers to open up North Korea as a transport and pipeline route to South Korea and Japan.

Not surprisingly, Bush’s actions provoked a response by North Korea. After the US accused it in 2002 of having a secret uranium enrichment program, Pyongyang withdrew from the NPT, expelled UN nuclear inspectors and restarted its mothballed nuclear facilities. The result has been a decade of confrontation and tension on the Korean peninsula, moderated only by China’s efforts to facilitate a negotiated end to North Korea’s nuclear programs via six-party talks. The Bush administration only grudgingly agreed to take part in negotiations as the invasion of Iraq turned into a quagmire and the US could ill afford to immediately provoke another conflict on the other side of the globe.

Over the past three years, the Obama administration has not eased the tensions on the Korean peninsula, but intensified them. It stymied Beijing’s efforts to restart the six-party talks by unilaterally changing the terms of the latest agreement to emerge from the negotiations. Late last year, the US, in league with the right-wing South Korean administration of Lee Myung-bak, provocatively held a series of joint military exercises close to North Korea after blaming Pyongyang for an artillery exchange that resulted in the shelling of a South Korean island. The Obama administration warned that any retaliation by North Korea would invite US and South Korean military action.

The US confrontation with North Korea last year was just one element of the Obama administration’s broad strategic “pivot” from the Middle East to the Asia Pacific aimed at undermining Chinese economic and strategic influence in the region. Since coming to office, Obama has strengthened military alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia and the Philippines, formed closer strategic partnerships with India, Indonesia and Singapore, and intervened aggressively in regional forums such as the East Asian Summit.

Obama’s willingness to risk a conflict with North Korea late last year underscores the recklessness of his administration’s strategic focus on the Asian region, which has any number of unstable flash points. It also highlights the significance of the discussion that has immediately broken out in American media and foreign policy circles about the “opportunity” that could open up with the installation of Kim Jong-il’s young and inexperienced son, Kim Jong-un, as North Korea’s new leader. Any attempt by the Obama administration to exploit or create political instability in Pyongyang has the potential to rapidly escalate friction with China.

Far from North Korea being the source of instability and tension in North East Asia, the main danger comes from the aggressive policies of the Obama administration as it seeks to wield its military might to retain the dominant position of US imperialism.

Edited by Zuo Shou

Article link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/kore-d20.shtml

China sends condolences over death of DPRK top leader [Xinhua]

Posted in China, DPR Korea, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Sino-Korean Friendship, Workers Party of Korea WPK on December 20, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) — China on Monday sent condolences to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the death of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il.

“We are shocked to learn that general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) comrade Kim Jong Il passed away and we hereby express our deep condolences on his demise and send sincere regards to the DPRK people,” said the condolence message.

The late DPRK leader passed away from a great mental and physical strain at 08:30 on Dec.17 (2330 GMT Friday), on a train during a field guidance tour, the DPRK’s official KCNA news agency reported Monday.

The condolence message, sent by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission to the DPRK’s WPK Central Committee and its Central Military Commission, DPRK National Defense Commission, Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and the DPRK Cabinet, called Kim Jong Il a great leader of the DPRK people and a close friend of the Chinese people.

The message said comrade Kim Jong Il had dedicated the whole of his life and rendered immortal service to the DPRK’s socialist revolution and construction.

It noted that the late DPRK leader, a close friend of the Chinese people, had carried on and further developed the traditional friendship between China and DPRK. The Chinese government and people were deeply saddened by the demise of Kim Jong Il, who will be remembered forever by the Chinese people.

The Chinese side believed that the DPRK will remain united as one with the leadership of the WPK and comrade Kim Jong Un, and turn their sorrow into strength, continuously advance towards the goal of building a strong and prosperous socialist nation and achieving sustained peace on the Korean Peninsula.

China and the DPRK are close neighbors and stand together in good or bad times. The CPC and the Chinese government have always adhered to the policy of continuously consolidating and developing their traditional friendship with the DPRK, said the condolence message.

The message added that the traditional party-to-party, state-to-state and people-to-people friendship between the two countries will be carried on and further developed.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2011-12/19/c_131315765.htm