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Global Times, People's Republic of China

Reliance on U.S. Alone Will Not Ensure South Korean Security


Is the U.S.-South Korea alliance too blunt a weapon? According to this editorial from China's state-controlled Global Times, the alliance may act to deter a major conflict, but fails utterly to prevent the kind of event that happened on Tuesday, when North Korea showered a South Korean Island with artillery shells, killing soldiers and civilians.




November 25, 2010


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

U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday urged China to offer a clearer response to the artillery exchange between North and South Korea.


U.S. and South Korea media are full of strong sentiment against China. The United States and its allies seem to have a paradoxical attitude about the role they want China to play on the Korean Peninsula.


On the one hand, the U.S. and South Korea want China to side with them and press the North; meanwhile, they want China to exert unique influence over Pyongyang. This reflects a dilemma between self-centered thinking and a lack of means to deal with North Korea.


Stability on the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding region is at the core of China's Korean policy. The relationship between China and North Korea cannot oppose this principle, and the same applies to Sino-South Korean relations.



After the latest incident, the U.S. and South Korea announced a new round of joint military drills. Perhaps Seoul has no better option for dealing with the North than resorting to its alliance with the U.S. But the reality is that the U.S. alliance cannot guarantee South Korea's security.


Past experience shows that America's military presence there can secure a generally safe environment, but cannot prevent small-scale skirmishes like what happened on Tuesday. The U.S. presence is like a nuclear weapon: It can provide a strategic deterrence, but is incapable of preventing skirmishes. Thus, South Korea often seems at a disadvantage when in conflict with the North.




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In the past, joint military exercises have failed to deter the North. This time again, the impact remains in doubt. Perhaps South Korea should reconsider its security strategy, which relies solely on its alliance with the U.S. If greater security to the South means less in the North, stability on the Korean Peninsula will be hard to maintain.


The previous "Sunshine Policy" has been largely deemed a failure. But with the hard-line policy of the Lee Myung-bak Administration, does the South feel any more secure?


Countries in Northeast Asia have enormous business and trade interests, but they are all looking for their own security guarantees. The poverty and insecurity of North Korea have been ignored for too long, and the entire region is paying the price.


The greater the gap between North Korea and the surrounding region, the more the region will fall into uncertainty.


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