Leaked US cable: If North Korea were to collapse, China supports Korean reunification

Leaked US cable: If North Korea were to collapse, China supports Korean reunification

Manila : Philippines | Nov 30, 2010 at 9:11 AM PST
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Wikileaks’ recently released documents on Tuesday, reveal conversations between US officials and Chinese diplomats, also discussions of a South Korean official with his Chinese counterparts.

According to US leaked diplomatic cables, China would support the reunification of South and North Korea if North Korea would collapse as Chinese officials growingly doubt the need for the communist state.

Reportedly, Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan Cheng Guoping, have told Richard Hoagland, the US ambassador that China in the long term, hopes for peaceful reunification of the peninsula but in the short term, it expects South and North Korea to remain separate.

China’s aim in North Korea were to ensure they honour their commitment on “non-proliferation, maintain stability and “do’t drive Kim Jong-il mad,” Cheng was quoted as telling Hoagland.

Those conversations were made during a three-hour dinner in Astana, Kazakhtan in June 2009 as published on Wikileaks website.

In another wikileaks cable from Seoul, the then vice-foreign minister was quoted as telling Kathleen Stephens, US ambassador that two Chinese top officials told him that they believed Korea should be united under South Korean control anchored on the United States alliance.

The cable said that China would not risk a new armed conflict on the peninsula as it did not regard North Korea as a reliable ally and dismissed the prospect of Chinese military intervention once North Korea collapses.

The cable also said that China’s economic interests now lie with the United States, Japan and South Korea and China believed that within three years of Kim Jong-il’s death, North Korea would cease to function as a state and to change its political policies; China will not use its economic leverage.

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Leaked US cable:  If North Korea were to collapse, China supports Korean reunification
China is widely seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's (left) only friend abroad [Reuters]
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