'Positive Signal'? Why China Invited N Korea to Attend Silk Road Forum
"Beijing is sending a message to the world that it does not accept Pyongyang's international isolation as a way to defuse tensions and why this is of urgent importance to China, Russia, and the DPRK"
Commentary by Belarus Gander
In another demonstration of the superiority of the Chinese approach to dealing with nations that sometimes annoy the international community because their motives are either unclear or perhaps their motives are understood all to well, China has decided to invite the DPR of Korea to the forum being held in Beijing on the integration of regional economies into the One Belt, One Road project. Like Russia's foreign policy approach, which seeks cooperation and negotiations, and that treat those with whom they negotiate with dignity and equality, the Chinese have employed a similar method in dealing with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. China's leadership is taking this wise approach as they realize the approach favored by the US, which includes veiled and unveiled threats and a condescending imperial imperative to "do as WE SAY or else", is neither productive in terms of persuading the other party in a negotiation, nor is it likely to produce the fruits that were hoped for - a reduction in tensions, resolution to the problem(s) at hand, and a path for future profitable and harmonious relations in the future.
The inclusion of the DPR of Korea into the discussions on how to proceed with economic and infrastructural integration of individual national economies as well as the economies of regional trade blocs such as the Eurasian Trade Union, is a good thing on two major fronts.
First, by including the DPR of Korea into the discussion of economic growth and prosperity the Chinese are recognizing publically that the issue of a "nuclear" DPRK is not something that can be dealt with through punitive measure and isolation techniques such as has been practiced by the US. Rather, it is by offering the DPRK a prosperous and secure position among the nations of the new Silk Road, that the DPRK will not have to feel as if it is being hunted and starved to death as it is now because of US led sanctions.
Membership in the Silk Road would be very beneficial for the DPRK. Unlike Russia and China, the DPRK does not have vast supplies of natural resources to create a full self sufficient economy that can weather tempests as the US backed sanctions which punish the people as well as the government. Although the Supreme Leader Kim Jung-un and his predecessors have managed with the help of the communist Workers' Party, to keep the DPRK going and provide the basic for subsistence, it has done so with great difficulty and in many cases only with the help of China and Russia. Both Russia and China have given the US the middle finger salute when it comes to breaking off total trade with the DPRK, and that is a good thing. While not encouraging Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions they have not seen fit to further isolate the DPRK out of friendship and humanitarian concerns as well as political and military concerns.
Second, as economic development and integration of the DPRK into the Silk Road Project will be beneficial for creating a stronger DPRK within the greater Eurasian community of nations, it can also lead to a more stable military situation on the Korean peninsula. Like with the Russian Federation and China's recent military collaboration that seeks to become an official alliance, the same could also become possible between China and the DPRK. Indeed, through the inclusion of the DPRK into the Silk Road Project, China and Russia both could further coordinate their military policies for the defense of the region with the DPRK, including putting it under its nuclear umbrella much as the US has put Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, and all of Europe west of Russia are theoretically under their nuclear umbrella. This would either reduce the DPRK's need for rapid nuclear development as is taking place currently, or perhaps it could lead to a nuclear free DPRK whose protection would be guaranteed by China and Russia together, as both nations have no desire to see the US getting any closer to their borders. It is sadly clear that it is for this military reason that the US and her minions do not really want a negotiated agreement, would prefer to keep the DPRK out of the Silk Road Project, and would prefer a US lead military response to the issue of a nuclear DPRK.
Of course this desire for the military options is sui generis as any invasion and subjugation of the DPRK would mean the end of that nation as it would be integrated by force into the US vassal state of the Republic of Korea in the south. This would allow US armed forces easy access to the border with China where the US would do the same thing to China as it is doing to Russia - putting bases, troops, and nuclear missiles right on the border with the People's Republic of China. Moreover, it would also put US armed forces within a few hundred kilometers striking distance of the home of the Russian Pacific fleet at Vladivostok.
Neither of these nightmarish possibilities must be allowed to come to fruition. It should be noted that proof the US does not want any kind of successful negotiations with the DPRK can be illustrated by the fact that the US has sent Beijing a stiffly written complaint chastising China for inviting the DPRK to the discussion table in Beijing. First of all, the US has no business telling China who they can invite to a forum in their country regarding an economic project being developed by China and Russia. It's none of American's bloody business. Second, it should be noted that the US invited themselves to join the discussion, though I cannot see why they did other than to spy and find ways to weaken the New Silk Road Project or to undermine it all together. If any nation should not be allowed to attend this forum it is the damn Americans. The US is the quintessential devil in all matter of evil, chaos, and subterfuge.
Congratulations to the DPRK on the successful launch of a new rocket capable of carrying a nuclear weapon. I'm sure this new weapon will deter the US régime from carrying out any foolish acts of terrorism against the Korean people.