Leaked Cables Show China’s Support of One Unified Korea Run by Seoul
November 30, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—Wikileaks released documents last night which revealed that, despite China’s complex relationship with North Korea, Chinese officials were willing to back a potential unification between North and South Korea, the UK Telegraph reports.
During a February conversation between Chun Yung-Woo (then-South Korean vice-foreign minister) and Kathleen Stephens, the U.S. Ambassador in Seoul, Chun said that two high-level Chinese officials believed the two Koreas should be joined under South Korean control, Stephens noted. Chun also revealed that younger Chinese Communist party leaders did not want to risk renewed armed conflict in Korea, the Telegraph reports.
In addition, the leaked cables show that China is concerned about North Korea’s nuclear potential, with one Chinese official referring to Pyongyang as behaving “like a spoiled child” following North Korea’s 2009 missile tests. The cables also show U.S. frustration over China’s role as middle-man in arms deals between North Korea and Iran. On several occasions, American officials as senior as former president George W. Bush have spoken to Chinese officials about the fact that various weapon parts were sent to Iran from North Korea via Beijing, the Telegraph notes.