On June 27th, 1950, North Korea invaded the South determined to unite the country as a part of international Communism similar to what the Soviets did by the occupation of Eastern Europe at the end of WWII. North Korean forces drove south collapsing South Korean and US forces into an enclave at Pusan large enough to assemble additional Allied forces, hold and gradually expand the enclave.
On September 15th, Marines landed at Inchon, and the North Koreans rapidly retreated north. US forces pursued but in early November were confronted by a probing force of some 30 thousand Chinese “volunteers,” followed in late November by 300 thousand Chinese who had infiltrated into North Korea undetected, and which completely changed the character of the war.
United Nations forces were driven south, and after three years of bloody back and forth across the 38th parallel, resulting in a stalemate, UN forces led by the United States entered an armistice agreement with the North Korea Army and Communist Chinese Volunteers on July 27th, 1953.
Since 1950, North Korea has been a “barking dog” on a leash, a “dog” that the leash holder has granted – if not supported – advances in nuclear weapons technology. China holds the leash, and the “dog” is doing its bidding. Anyone who believes that Communist China is a friend of the US lives in hopeless fantasy.
China has historically viewed itself as the “Center of the World. ” Over its 3000-year history nothing has changed except now it has modern military forces, has occupied and absorbed Tibet, expanded its claim of sovereignty to the entire South China Sea (where it has established a military presence near the shores of the Philippines), claims Taiwan, and uses the “barking dog” to keep the US off balance on the Korean Peninsula.
President Trump may have an unwitting ally in Russia’s Vladimir Putin as an offset against an expansionist China, especially in light of historical animosities between Russia and Communist China, notwithstanding recent attempts to paint happy faces on the two historic enemies.
Has anyone but this writer noticed that there is a three-thousand-mile-long wall separating China from the north? It is a safe bet to conclude that it wasn’t built to improve tourist trade. Does anyone but me remember the open conflict between Communist China and the Soviet Union along their common border in 1969; a conflict that was eventually settled in 1991? Given their mutual disdain for the United States, they rattle their Socialist sabers in envy of US economic and military prowess, but always with a watchful eye on one another.
Has anyone paid any attention to the fact that China takes its sovereignty very seriously all the while advocating “global” solutions to other nations’ affairs?
Reuters, August 9th, 2017:
"Under no circumstances will China make its own territorial sovereignty a term of exchange."
One may respect and admire China, but if one has paid attention to its long history, China has been every bit as brutal in conquest as the Japanese were toward China during WWII. In fact, it is arguable that Imperial Japan was in part exacting revenge against China for centuries old dominance, incident to the expansion of its latter-day, failed empire.
BEIJING (Reuters) – August 10th, 2017:
“If North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, then China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to overthrow North Korea's government China will stop them, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday.”
Col. Pappas is a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel. He flew fighter jets in Vietnam and commanded one of the largest Marine Corps Air Stations in the Far East.