One of the most popular topics in Korean politics is that of unification. In fact, the office that deals most frequently with North Korea isn’t the Foreign Minister’s office or even the Joint Chiefs of Staff, despite both countries being still technically at war.
No, it’s the Ministry of Unification that continues to pursue plans to move the country towards unification, despite a growing number of South Koreans who feel less and less in common with those north of the DMZ.
So it’s fairly interesting when South Korean President Park Geun-hye proclaims that unification could happen as early as next year and asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to actively work on making one Korea a reality.
Which actually brings up a fairly good question. is Korea unification something that China could stand behind? To help answer that question, I recently spoke with Jonathan Miller, East Asia Fellow at the EastWest Institute. I began our conversation by asking him why Park is making such a big push for unification now.
Does China need North Korea? That’s my question to you. Please share your opinion with me.
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