In another thread, a couple of our fellow posters have been discussing the possibility of forming a little posse to go in and take out Kim Jong Il in North Korea. While we keep one eye on that situation, here is another suggestion that I am curious to get people’s reactions on:
Has anyone read the piece by the author of China’s Democratic Future discussing an invasion of North Korea by the PRC? The one that begins:
The full article seems to be only available to those fat-cat Republican types with subscriptions to the online version of the Journal, but here’s a link to one of the recent discussions of the piece. It has a couple of extended quotes from the original article
[quote]China as the only country with the military capacity and national interest to do the job: It is Beijing’s sphere of influence that Pyongyang is destabilizing with its nuclear adventurism. Nor is it in Beijing’s interest to have a crumbling regime as its neighbor, as evidenced by the continual embarrassments over how to deal with a flood of starving refugees.
A People’s Liberation Army-led invasion could be a clean-cut affair. It would not require passing through other countries, or even using their territory as support centers. China’s experience with the ethnic Korean autonomous regions in Manchuria would give it an ample supply of administrators and institutions to rule Pyongyang for a transitional period, until the formation of a new government.[/quote]
This other site also has some of the text, along with commentary such as:
Not sure if the PRC would pack quite the same punch as the proposed Forumosa DPRK Liberation Posse, but they do certainly seem to be a more likely possibility than the US is. Whether anyone could/should invade at all, is of course another question. (The subject line of this post, therefore, should only be read as a summary of the suggestion itself, rather than my advocacy of it.)