A spate of murders by North Koreans inside China’s border is prompting some residents to abandon their homes, testing China’s ability to manage both the 880-mile (1,400-kilometer) shared frontier and its relationship with the reclusive nation.
The violence reflects a growing desperation among soldiers, including border guards, since Kim Jong Un took over as supreme leader in Pyongyang three years ago. As well as seeking food, they are entering China to steal money.
The murder of four residents of a border village last month prompted China to file a complaint with North Korea, risking tensions between the two allies in contrast to Kim’s recent overtures toward South Korea. Kim defied China in 2013 to conduct North Korea’s third nuclear test, and in the same year executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who had promoted commercial ties with China.
China’s relationship with South Korea is so much more beneficial. The Chinese appear to enjoy South Korean products and foods. Pyongyang’s collapse is only a matter of time. I’m surprised Beijing doesn’t want to help rid the Korean Peninsula of Pyongyang’s evil government? Quietly and with it’s the aid Asian neighbors? To avoid the inevitable international involvement.