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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 22nd, 2011 at 3:27 am

Professor Zhu Feng Answers Questions About China’s North Korea Policies

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Last month ROK Drop readers may remember that the Lowy Institute was offering to have reader provided questions answered by Chinese Professor Zhu Feng.  I offered a number of questions and two of them were presented to Mr. Feng to answer.  Here is the answer Professor Feng gave in regards to the repatriation of North Korean refugees:

What does Professor Zhu Feng think of the forced repatriation of refugees back to North Korea where they are either imprisoned or executed?

I think it’s a controversial issue, but the problem is that if China refuses to repatriate that would signal that Beijing wants to bring down the North Korean regime. So I know such repatriation is cold blooded, and it’s a big embarrassment for China’s policy on North Korea. I have to say, China’s policy implementation in this regard always keeps one eye open the other eye closed. Officially, we will repatriate, but in practice we keep the net quite loose.  [The Interpreter]

You can read more at the link such as what Mr. Zhu thinks of the “Glans Plan” as well as current Chinese policies towards North Korea.  By the way thank you to the Lowy Institute for hosting this as well as to Professor Zhu Feng for agreeing to answer questions from readers.  I recommend ROK-Heads check out the Lowy Institute’s website The Interpreter which provides some good reads for those interested in Asia-Pacific issues.

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  • kangaji
    5:42 am on November 22nd, 2011 1

    That’s some good BS. China would be seen as not supporting its alliance with the North but we keep the net loose. Really good BS.

  • Glans
    4:12 pm on November 22nd, 2011 2

    Zhu Feng accepts the Glans Plan with “Why not?” and then speculates about contingencies specifically excluded by the Plan. He also ignores the fact that the US/UN intervention was multilateral. So that’s a yes, but not a clear yes. And it’s of course not an official yes from the PRC government.

    The Glans Plan is so obviously right, but it’s hard to get the relevant authorities to move.

  • Glans
    12:54 am on November 30th, 2011 3

    How many nuclear warheads does China have? It’s hard to say, because the Second Artillery Force hides them in tunnels. William Wan’s report at WashingtonPost describes research by Phillip A. Karber and his students at Georgetown University.


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