[Update: According to this story, Wen put off signing an economic development deal with Pyongyang worth “several billion dollars” dollars after Kim Jong Il failed to provide a “clear” statement about returning to six-party talks. I can’t say whether China’s offer came with the Obama Administration’s tacit approval or provoked quiet disapproval, but if we’re back in the business of paying North Korea to come back to talks to stall and lie, we’re right back at square one. The only things that change are the size of Kim Jong Il’s arsenal and the number of bones strewn in the fields and forests of the camps.]
The nations are not united. In the Wall Street Journal, Gordon Chang reveals details of a massive aid package China has just delivered to not-even-slightly disarmed North Korea:
Analysts were surprised at the time that the reclusive North Korean supremo made the trip to the tarmac to show his affection. Now we know why: Mr. Wen came to the North Korean capital less to mark 60 years of diplomatic ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea–the ostensible purpose of the trip–than to sign commercial pacts with it. By doing so, China undoubtedly violated United Nations Security Resolution 1874 by giving Kim the means to keep his nuclear arsenal in the face of intense international pressure.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, was sparse with details on the deals. It merely stated the two communist states “signed a series of agreements on cooperation and announced that a new highway bridge over the Yalu River will be built.” But reports from South Korean newspapers indicate Beijing, as a part of a comprehensive package, also agreed to provide financial assistance to Kim’s destitute state. Chinese grants to the North total at least $200 million.
Say it aint so — a member of the U.N. Security Council flagrantly violating a resolution it voted for just four months ago, thereby stabbing Barack Obama in the back? What about international institutions? Have they no reverence for a holy man, a living god, a confidant of Richard Gere, and recipient of the Nobel freaking Peace Prize? This will never pass the Global Test, I tell you!
Me: What else did you expect? After a brief display of compliance, trade stats show that between China and North Korea, the last year has been business as usual. One thing this tells us — the sanctions must have been working if Wen Jiabao went all the way to a backward stinkhole like Pyongyang to violate and undermine them. This seems like a good time to review the operative provisions of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874, which passed with the unanimous support of all Security Council members, including China, on June 12th:
18. Calls upon Member States, in addition to implementing their obligations pursuant to paragraphs 8 (d) and (e) of resolution 1718 (2006), to prevent the provision of financial services or the transfer to, through, or from their territory, or to or by their nationals or entities organized under their laws (including branches abroad), or persons or financial institutions in their territory, of any financial or other assets or resources that could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related, or other weapons of mass destruction-related programs or activities, including by freezing any financial or other assets or resources on their territories or that hereafter come within their territories, or that are subject to their jurisdiction or that hereafter become subject to their jurisdiction, that are associated with such programs or activities and applying enhanced monitoring to prevent all such transactions in accordance with their national authorities and legislation;
19. Calls upon all Member States and international financial and credit institutions not to enter into new commitments for grants, financial assistance, or concessional loans to the DPRK, except for humanitarian and developmental purposes directly addressing the needs of the civilian population, or the promotion of denuclearization, and also calls upon States to exercise enhanced vigilance with a view to reducing current commitments;
20. Calls upon all Member States not to provide public financial support for trade with the DPRK (including the granting of export credits, guarantees or insurance to their nationals or entities involved in such trade) where such financial support could contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related or ballistic missile-related or other WMD-related programs or activities;
President Obama’s North Korea policy is being challenged by China, the paymaster and arsenal of the world’s most vile fascist regimes. If China is allowed to undermine these sanctions, time will be on North Korea’s side, and North Korea will go right on perfecting its nuclear arsenal. Mr. President, you know what you have to do.
And of course, there is yet another option to reincentivize a duplicitous China. China is afraid of refugees streaming into its territory. Do you suppose that China might be even more afraid of refugees armed with Tokarevs and RPG’s streaming onto its territory and capping ChiCom police and soldiers who try to deport them back to the gulag? That would seem a case of legitimate self-defense if I’ve ever seen one. China has pretty much spent the last ten years holding down the North Korean people while Kim Jong Il raped them. It’s time for North Korea’s agony to become China’s agony, too.