January 29, 2023
Opinion

What China really wants for Korea: A unified puppet state controlled by them

South Korea and the U.S. must not misread Beijing's objectives

China wants North Korea to freeze its missile program, which from Pyongyang’s perspective is the final step in completing its defense posture against attack by the U.S.

Beijing also wants the U.S. and South Korea to cease its annual joint exercises, which from Seoul’s and Washington’s perspectives are reasonable drills in preparation for another attack by the North.