Pez Dispens3r wrote:
jestingrabbit wrote:i don't think anyone really has a clue about what a peaceful Korean peninsula will look like. We're a long way off from it atm, that's for sure.
It has been a serious element of South Korean policy for, on and off, about ten years now: what would a workable unified Korea look like and how could it happen? Unfortunately, the Japanese were dead against it at the appropriate times, the US only mildly more enthused at the prospect, and it's not an option South Korea has been pursuing since the last government was formed.
That's the position of one side and some of the powers involved. I think you've gotta consider what China sees as being in its interests.
Have a look at the countries that border China: Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kygyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, and, last but not least, North Korea. Excluding members of the commonwealth of independent states, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Bhutan, they are (nominally) far left, authoritarian regimes. As far as I can see, if they can push a neighbor towards that style of government, they do it. Nepal is a good recent example. If there was a railway to Bhutan with a few more tonnes of load tolerance, it would likely have gone the way of Tibet a long time ago imo.
It seems to me they see it as being in their interests to have puppet states under the thumb of authoritarian regimes as neighbors. That's their deal. I don't think that they'll be cool with the DPRK amalgamating with the ROK. I think they want a nice buffer between themselves and anyone they don't control.