New diplomatic solution to the Korean Peninsula

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  1. dlat9664

    dlat9664 Newly Registered

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    China's support for North Korea and the Kim Jong-un regime is eroding, however there are at least two reasons why China continues to support the division of North and South. The first is that China supported North Korea and fought against the South in the war of 1950-52. Second is that the North represents a buffer zone between China and American troops stationed in South Korea.

    The trade between South Korea and China is enormous and vital to both countries. South Korea is a popular in China for business, entertainment and tourism. Chinese know North Koreans are suffering great hardships. President Xi and Park met regularly. The vast majority of veterans have retired or died. The perceived need for a buffer zone however remains an ongoing rationale for China supporting the status quo.

    This can be resolved with a dynamic new treaty between China and South Korea. It would feature a number of concessions from South Korea to China, in return for Korean unification and a permanent peace on the peninsula. There would be no invasion, but China would remove all support for North Korea, back action in the United Nations and allow isolation and sanctions to bite the regime until it collapses.

    The initial concessions to China would be as follows:
    * mutual defence co-operation agreement
    * South Korea equally aligned to the United States and China
    * 30 day visa-free access to South Korea by Chinese tourists
    * removal of all US military forces from South Korea
    * temporary stationing of lightly-armed Chinese peacekeeping troops near Seoul, to prevent North Korea from attacking the southern capital without angering China.

    After the regime would fall, the democratic Korean government would commit to:
    * elimination of all nuclear weapons and long-range missiles
    * decommissioning of missile defence systems
    * ban all foreign troops and military aircraft being permenantly stationed in Korea
    * ban on nuclear powered or weaponised vessels from docking at Korean ports
    * ban on military exercises with other nations, north of the 38 parallel
    * acceptance of all past dispute settlements made by North Korea to China
    * extensive trade concessions to China to help in rebuilding of North Korea
    * commitment to high-speed rail across Korea linked to China
    * navigation rights along the Yalu and Tumen Rivers
    * resolution of outstanding maritime disputes in favour of China
    * continuing the Rason economic zone (700 sq[SUP]2[/SUP], 270 mi[SUP]2[/SUP]) in the North-East
    * opening up the port of Songbong (in Rason) to an expansion of Chinese-owned facilities and a transport links (22km/15mi) to give the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang (64 million people; GDP $128B) guaranteed right of passage and free access to the sea.
    * development of the Sinuiju and other planned free-trade economic zones

    The above concessions retain Korea as a buffer for China, and help to demilitarise the north, and serve nuclear disarmament objectives. The United States no longer need to station troops in Korea, while maintaining ties. China obtains significant economic benefits from the rebuilding of North Korea, a unified rail system and port access to the Sea of Japan. Korea benefits from being unified and finally at peace.

    Regards, Daniel
     
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    * ban on military exercises with other nations, north of the 38 parallel

    This should be changed to:

    * ban on military or naval exercises, or providing port facilities with the military or naval forces of other nations in
    1. the Yellow Sea;
    2. part of the East China Sea west of Udo Island;
    3. part of the Japan Sea (East Sea) that is north or west of Ulleung Island;
    4. 400km from Taiwan;
    5. the South China Sea.
    This would allow Korea to provide facilities in Busan, conduct exercises with other countries in the south-east region of Korea; in the Korean Strait near Japan; or in the Pacific Ocean generally, but far away from China or the former North Korea.

    Cheers, Daniel
     

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