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  • On this episode of China Uncensored:

  • China calls to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

  • And to prepare for war just in case.

  • Hi welcome to China Uncensored, I'm your host, Chris Chappell.

  • You know, when I heard that North Korea conducted its

  • fourth nuclear test in January, I thought,

  • now's the perfect time to come to South Korea!

  • That's why I'm here,

  • overlooking the border between North Korea and South Korea.

  • With tensions rising,

  • this could become a flashpoint for war

  • and not just between two countries, but four:

  • North Korea,

  • South Korea,

  • China,

  • and America.

  • The relationship between these countries is complicated,

  • to put it mildly.

  • Everyone knows North Korea is run by a cruel, oppressive regime.

  • I mean, look at it!

  • Seriously, it's right over there.

  • Anyway, even though North Korea supposedly has a scary military,

  • that doesn't mean it has a strong one.

  • But no one actually wants the North Korean regime to collapse.

  • Imagine millions of refugees streaming across the border

  • into South Korea or China.

  • Who would take in those

  • tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free?

  • Probably not.

  • So the order of the day is just prevent North Korea

  • from launching any nuclear weapons, while at the same time,

  • hoping it magically transforms itself

  • into a democracy somehow.

  • They could call it the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

  • What's that, Shelley?

  • Oh.

  • Anyway, everyone is preparing for the worst.

  • Especially after North Korea followed up its nuclear test

  • by launching that long-range rocket on February 7th,

  • and celebrating it in the creepiest way possible.

  • In this editorial by my favorite Chinese state-run media, the Global Times,

  • the author says that "[China] should prepare for a war...

  • Even though there is a very low probably that a war will occur,

  • [China] should be 100 percent prepared."

  • Meanwhile, South Korea and the US are talking about setting up a

  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea.

  • It would launch missiles like this,

  • which could shoot a North Korean ballistic missile out of the air

  • including one carrying a nuclear warhead.

  • Previously, South Korea had rejected using the US military's THAAD.

  • What changed their minds?

  • Oh, right.

  • But China strongly opposes the use of THAAD.

  • They say it threatens China's national security.

  • Which would be true if China fought alongside North Korea

  • in a war against South Korea and the United States,

  • like they did in what they still call

  • "The War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea."

  • But no one wants Korean War II.

  • Or World War III.

  • Which is why the US wants to put THAAD in place as quickly as possible.

  • Because the US and South Korean governments see it as a deterrent,

  • as well as a useful but hopefully-never-used defense.

  • China also hopes it never gets used,

  • because that could be the first step in destabilizing North Korea.

  • Not that China actually likes North Korea,

  • It just enjoys the political power it gets from a rogue state.

  • That's why the Chinese Communist Party is propping up the North Korean regime

  • by giving it weapons and aid.

  • China is also North Korea's largest trading partner by far,

  • on the order of more than $5 billion dollars a year.

  • And China is also the main way North Korea evades international sanctions.

  • So by putting itself in this position,

  • the CCP is forcing the rest of the world to come to it for help.

  • But this strategy may come back to bite them.

  • For one, North Korea is becoming harder for China to control.

  • They couldn't stop them from launching the long-range rocket,

  • even though they tried.

  • And now other countries are taking actions that could hurt China.

  • For instance, the US just passed new sanctions against North Korea,

  • including sanctions against Chinese companies that do business with North Korea.

  • Plus the THAAD missile defense system does shift

  • the balance of military power in the region,

  • and not in China's favor.

  • But the whole whole missile testing, exploding nukes

  • is really just a way for Kim Jong-Un to consolidate his power.

  • Because his youthful good looks won't last forever.

  • So will there be war on the Korean Peninsula?

  • I don't plan to stick around long enough to find out.

  • What's that, Matt?

  • What do you mean, we're going to North Korea?!

On this episode of China Uncensored:

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