April 4th, 2013
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(CNN) – Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says China will begin to revise its future policy on North Korea.

Rudd outlines three reasons for this shift including North Korea’s nuclear weapons program aggravating regional U.S. allies; the potential for an escalating conflict should North Korea attack South Korea; and the damage to China’s foreign reputation as a supporter of the regime.

Rudd adds that China faces huge challenges in transforming its domestic economic growth model to meet the workforce demands for higher wages and living standards.

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  1. Cecilia Chen

    It is very stupid for North Korea to provoke US with their nuclear weapons. I agree China should not support North Korea this time.

    April 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Beefburger

    China would not want a reunified Korea at its back door. That decadent western influence! COUNT on them to keep the sabres rattling!

    April 7, 2013 at 11:38 am |
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    April 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  4. Larry

    I agree with Cecilia Chen. It IS very stupid to provoke the United States with their nuclear weapons. Doesn't the North Korean government care about improving the lives of its impoverished people?

    April 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  5. joseph harlacher

    civility and timely economic exchange is preferred over lengthy word crunching. search engine blockades and understandings need defining in medias more so than area propagations and frequency allocations. it wold help to have more frequent discussions of Nuclear warfare needs so as to let it be discussed instead of so many turned away with disgust. as much as NO needs to be said, on occasion the use of directed dissipation(silence) helps re-regulate the objects involved as for people they need to rest as much as comment or none at all.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  6. richwood7

    Beefburger is wrong. The winners of a united Korea would be South Korea and China. Clear losers would be the USA and, naturally North Korea. The need for USA troops in a united Korea would disappear. China would not attack Korea. Why would it? Already China is S Korea largest export market and its impact will only increase in a untied Korea. China will strengthen its position as the dominant power in the region and the USA will weaken. China will remain unaffected by the collapse of N. Korea because it is already distances itself from them by supporting the UN sanctions. Refuge problems would be eliminated in China, China would not have to keep defending a dictator who threatens nuclear war and irritates other SE Asian countries. believe China has now estab lished enough credibility that it has stood by its "ally" long enough to prove its commitment, but N. Korea has evolved into a nation that it cannot reasonable support. If N Korea does something stupid, China would be well set to throw up its hands and say, in total disgust "We tried but they are uncooperative." and stand aside. And they would be the winners.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  7. Scott

    China has alot more to worry about like the economic cycle. It's over due,,, WAY overdue for a correction as well as an economic downturn. When they finally get nailed for cooking their books and they fall, then we will all be in the same position economically and all be able to start recovery!!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  8. nelsoncalde

    I think North Korea would give China problems and the chinese government needs to intervene before something happens.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
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    May 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  10. NYC fitness events

    China has to see that they can make more money with the US and it's allies then with North Korea. North Korea is just cause the Chinese headache and money.

    February 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm |

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