China sending Special Envoy to North Korea… but still no meeting between Kim and Xi

Beijing announced it will send Song Tao, a special envoy of China’s President Xi Jinping, to North Korea on November 17. A Chinese spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Song’s is travelling to North Korea to give a briefing on the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Song Tao, a special envoy of China's President Xi Jinping to visit North Korea Source: Yonhap News

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Russia’s alternative vision for Asia: accommodating a nuclear North Korea?

Russia and North Korea share a short border but a long history.

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com

When the United States and the Soviet Union drew the seemingly innocuous line dividing the Korean peninsula in 1953, it was regarded as a temporary administrative division for processing Japanese forces after World War II.

However, since then, Russia (and its Soviet Union predecessor) have been ensnared in the fate of the hermit Communist state.

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Seoul-Beijing detente on THAAD is win-win for China [LINK]

 and , writing in their 7th November piece for 38north.org, discussed some potential corollaries of the the recent de-escalation between China and South Korea over the contentious THAAD issue.

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), US anti-ballistic missile defense system for shooting down ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. Source: http://www.defensenews.com/

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What North Korea learned from Libya’s descent into anarchy? (How Kim Jong Un learned to love the bomb)

Kim Jung Un’s sanity has been questioned for years. He is characterised and satirised as an unhinged megalomaniac. He is attributed with a desire to annihilate large parts of the world’s population by instigating nuclear war.

However, a counter-argument can be made that Kim Jung Un is, in fact, a rational actor.

North Korea’s nuclear development pursuits have cost the country a large percentage of its GDP, crippled its economic growth potential, isolated itself from the modern world and ultimately starved, stunted and subjected its citizens in this “social utoipa” for generations.

Yes, such actions  are cruel and tyrannical, but they do not qualify as irrational from a game theory standpoint.

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