Global Times, The People's Republic of China



Global Times, The People's Republic of China

Dialogue of Artillery is a 'Tragedy' for Northeast Asia


So what does China, perhaps the only country with any influence over the North Korean leadership, think of Pyongyang's shelling of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, which killed two and wounded 19? According to this editorial from China's state-controlled Global Times, while the North's shelling was 'ill-conceived,' the deteriorating situation is a result of U.S. and South Korean provocation and a failure to address North Korea's 'sense of insecurity.'




November 24, 2010


People's Republic of China - Global Times - Original Article (English)

Increasing regional tensions, North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire yesterday. "Dialogue" through artillery fire is rarely effective for settling disputes. Nevertheless, yesterday, dozens of shells struck the economic belt of Northeast Asia.


The clash benefits neither North nor South Korea. While North Korea showed its toughness through the skirmish, the move neither helps solve its economic plight, nor wins it understanding from other nations.   



The exchange of artillery fire reportedly caused injury and death in South Korea. The strike also demonstrates the failure of the Lee Myung-bak Administration's hard-line policies. A series of South Korea-U.S military exercises apparently also failed to deter the North.


The exchange of artillery was yet more evidence of the chaotic status of the Korean Peninsula. The North tried to protect its own security in an ill-conceived manner, whereas the response from other countries was futile.


The South, which is clearly reluctant to militarily engage the North, flexed its military muscles. The U.S. and Japan tried economic sanctions, which proved futile. Meanwhile, China and Russia could do nothing but appeal for restraint.


Northeast Asia should try to eradicate the region's Cold War mentality, and address North Korea's sense of insecurity. Unfortunately, the U.S. has no such strategic desire; whereas South Korea appears to be hesitating.



JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea: It's Time to 'Retaliate' Against North Korea
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Chosum Ilbo: China Must Act Now on North Korea Nuclear Threat

Dong-A Ilbo, South Korea: Island Panicked by Surprise Attack

Daily North Korea, South Korea: North Seeks to Shift Blame Onto South

Yonhap, South Korea: U.N. Command Seeks Talks with N. Korea


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