After plunging through the usual resources which consist of my quasi-daily North Korea informational surf, I finally turned to Huanqiu Shibao, the Chinese-language Global Times, to find a big headline (quoting Japanese media, but making it a headline nevertheless): “Kim Jong Il Could Visit China Soon: Possible that Kim Jong Eun Will Travel With Him.” This is a fairly open indication that China is now more formally “rolling out” Kim Jong Eun to the Chinese public, and that the DPRK is welcome to produce the heir publicly to quell the speculation.
Rather than drop in all manner of links here, I would recommend you check my Twitter feed some of which is also available in the sidebar of this blog, for the supporting documentation.
And I can’t escape without sharing these bon mots from Hwang Jang Yop:
Hwang said China should be made to participate in the investigation of the Cheonan’s sinking to show Beijing the extent of North Korea’s actions and give the Chinese government a reason to support or oppose the North. “China and Russia should be made aware of the [Cheonan] disaster so that they understand that our response is justified,” he said. “And if Kim Jong-il takes more provocative measures, they must be punished ruthlessly. The regime is oppressive and is always trying to use violence both internally and against other countries. It must be taught a painful lesson.”
Hwang said fears that China has territorial ambitions in North Korea should not prevent South Korea from seeking help in dealing with Pyongyang. “The important thing to do is to bring the North Korean dictatorship down,” he said. “China must play a role in getting North Korea to open up and pursue reforms. And if the North still refuses to change, then China would have no choice but to abandon it. Change can only come if North Korea feels that pressure.”
After reading the above interview excerpt with a Chosun Ilbo showing its anti-communist colors, maybe China has a reason to want the guy gone?