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April 11, 2013

Column: North Korea needs to be reined in by China

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After the two presidents talked, Xi went on to address the business leaders’ forum last week in the southern China city of Boao. But the biggest news Xi made there wasn’t about his reassurances to global corporations. It was about his veiled warning to North Korea.

“No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains,” Xi said, without mentioning North Korea by name. “While pursuing its own interests, a country should accommodate the legitimate interests of others.”

In the coming weeks, a parade of top U.S. officials will travel to Beijing. Let’s hope that China finally has a president who is ready to lead his nation into an era of responsible world leadership.

Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service.

China has been suspicious of the Obama administration’s shift of focus toward Asia and the Pacific. But after North Korea began its latest threats, U.S. officials told China that America had to deploy ships and aircraft to the region to protect its allies. And significantly, China didn’t publicly oppose the redeployments.

U.S. officials are convinced China is unhappy — and probably fed up — with Kim’s words and deeds.

Now — in the spring of 2013 — is the winter of the world’s discontent with the wackocidal ways of North Korea and its succession of increasingly irresponsible leaders. This may be the moment when the entire responsible world is finally ready to pursue a solution that will produce, at last, a peaceful Korean peninsula. A solution that, in the process, will forge the prospect of a hopeful future for the impoverished, exploited North Korean people.

In the coming weeks, a parade of top U.S. officials will travel to Beijing. Let’s hope that China finally has a president who is ready to lead his nation into an era of responsible world leadership.

Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service.

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