Pictures like this make clear that China is the country most threatened by North Korean missiles, and thus have the most to lose if North Korea goes rogue. China is undoubtedly doing something to keep this from happening, but what?


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An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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  1. Okay, since I’m grateful that you follow my blog (temporarily furloughed), I’ll return the gratitude by giving my take (albeit brain-damaged and a little boozed-up right now).

    DPRK (North Korea for the politicall unwashed) as a long, long history of playing friends and foes against each other (“creative tension” I recall that’s what they call it in the advertising business).

    (1) DPRK is bankrupt (financial-wise, which is what my mind is angled for mainly), so PRC will try to get Da Cash to DPRK to behave normal. DPRK behaves relatively ‘normal’ while the cash keeps incoming. Da Cash is for DPRK leaderships, and via trickle-down modus operandi goes to the populace as scraps from the proverbial table.

    (2) I reckon Hong Kong (where I live) is a good enough target. Hong Kong ranked fifth if the world’s economic muscle ranking. The PRC ranked 175th before the 1997 handover, and overnight became 77th on handover night. So, uno missilo to Hong Kong is going to screw up Hong Kong for Mr. PRC. PRC doesn’t like that one bit, so that’s motivation and incentive to keep the cash gravy train running for DPRK. Cash gravy train is run by Hong Kong via Macau, which apparently has diplomatic relations with DPRK. The new Dear Leader of DPRK is European-educated, so he’s insane enough (or even more insane than his father) to missile Hong Kong. I know. I’m a Euro-Chinese brat – takes one to know one.

    (3) Japan and Singapore feels the heat of Hong Kong (albeit under the surface) because those two countries have plenty of business and financial ties with Hong Kong (vehemently denied by Japan and Singapore), so they must keep Hong Kong working for DPRK via Macau.

    (4) Because the European Union and good ole USA are financially heavily tied to Hong Kong (at least according to my perspective), they too have to ‘do the right thing’ to keep DPRK going because of Hong Kong.

    (5) Our own Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive (i.e. all governor but in job title) on 1st July 2012 is 100% useless in international politics, so he’s going to pay attention to Peking’s ‘instructions’ financial-wise, so PRC will put pressure on Hong Kong to put pressure on its Macau-based financial ‘operations’ to favour towards DPRK, just to keep DPRK from going ‘ballistics.’

    That’s my twopence. Written while under the influence. Hope it helps. *Hic*

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