All Eyes on China Following North Korean Attack on Yeonpyeong Island

Written on November 24, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in News

Korea crisis: How will China respond?

An armed North Korean soldier on border patrol near the Yalu River in the North Korean town of Siniuju on November 24, 2010

All eyes are on China after North Korea provoked threats of “enormous retaliation” from South Korea by firing artillery rounds at Yeonpyeong Island. Four people were killed in Tuesday’s shelling. The North claimed South Korea provoked the attack by holding a military drill off their shared coast in the Yellow Sea.

China is North Korea’s ally and its biggest trading partner. They share a long border prompting speculation about how the communist country could react to tension next door. China has the power to cut off North Korea’s most important link with the outside world by stopping their shipments of food, fuel and weapons, but has indicated no intention to do so. However, analysts say China’s leverage over its next door neighbor may be over-rated. Read more…

As published in http://edition.cnn.com


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