North Korea’s increasing aggressiveness is one of the biggest news stories in America today. The country’s leader, Kim Jong Eun, has openly stated that the United States is weak and he could easily destroy many of our naval bases in the Pacific. While these threats are taken with more than a grain of salt they have still caused an international uproar. Even if North Korea lacks the technology to seriously harm the United States, South Korea is certainly in danger. The capital Seoul is only 30 miles away from the border between the two countries. The Korean War of the 1950’s is technically not over since no peace treaty has ever been signed. How does China play into all of this?
China and the Unites States fought on opposite sides of the Korean War. China wanted to defend is communist neighbor and the United States was in the business of aggressively pushing democracy on the rest of the world. If fighting between the North and South resumed would China come to North Korea’s aid again, considering the United States still openly backs South Korea? “Beijing sees the recent U.S. moves to strengthen its missile-defense system and fly advanced bombers and fighter jets to South Korea as direct threats to its security interests. But it sees a greater threat in the prospect of North Korea either collapsing or reunifying with the South, both of which it believes would help the U.S. to “contain” China” (WSJ). China openly disapproves of North Korea’s actions but they are put in a tough situation.
While it seems every possible alternative will be explored, a military conflict between the United States and China would shake the international economy to the bones. This situation opens up another interesting question of whether a truly globalized economy could make another World War impossible.