February 22, 2024

Face it: North Korea is now China’s “wicked problem”

The two countries are no longer “as close as lips and teeth”

In a previous article, I described North Korea as a “wicked problem,” one for which there is no – or no tolerable – solution. That was with respect to the United States.

Now, however, a review of recent events involving North Korea in conjunction with the dynamics between Pyongyang and Beijing since Kim Jong Un came to power in late 2011 clearly demonstrates that North Korea has become a wicked problem for China as well.