Китайская дорога в Пхеньян

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. Визит Ким Чен Ира в Китай на этой неделе стал мягким напоминанием о том, что дорога в Пхеньян идет через Пекин. Китай – единственная держава, всегда сотрудничавшая с Северной Кореей, несмотря на многочисленные взлеты и падения, в то время как Россия, Япония, США и Южная Корея то приходили, то уходили.

Оставляя для северокорейских лидеров дверь открытой, Китай вносит существенный вклад в мир в регионе. Это – смелая дипломатия (за которую Китай недостаточно хвалят) в чрезвычайно важный момент.

Тем не менее, «власть» Китая над Северной Кореей отчасти обманчива. Визит Ким Чен Ира следует оценивать с точки зрения реальных китайско-северокорейских отношений, а не с точки зрения тех, кто хочет видеть эти отношения другими. Это позволяет понять роль, оставленную Америке и Южной Корее, в давлении на Северную Корею с целью возобновления процесса ликвидации ядерных вооружений и восстановления отношений между двумя Кореями.

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