November 28, 2019 13:25
China appears ready to accept North Korea as a nuclear power, according to a report by the Brookings Institution. The conservative think tank recommended that the U.S. should no longer rely on China to uphold sanctions against North Korea since Beijing has begun to deviate from the goal of North Korean denuclearization.
In its November report titled "Lips and teeth: Repairing China-North Korea relations," the think tank said, "China's revitalized relationship with North Korea means the United States can no longer rely on Beijing to support increased sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang."
It added, "With Beijing's reset of ties with Pyongyang, China's posture on North Korea is shifting, including signs that it is prepared to live with a nuclear North Korea."
The report warned that due to "signs of trouble in the U.S.-South Korea alliance, eroding U.S.-South Korea-Japan trilateral security cooperation, and a more passive U.S. approach to its regional alliances, Beijing may see an opportunity to use its stabilized relationship with North Korea to accelerate these trends."
"On these points, Beijing and Pyongyang share similar goals. For China, even a problematic partnership with North Korea has strategic value," the report pointed out.
It recommended that U.S. policymakers should not underestimate their closer ties and "take steps to revitalize and repair this important trilateral relationship" to effectively deal with North Korea.
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