Thursday, July 4, 2013

Criticizing Kim Jong-un

For weeks, China has been anticipating the first state visit by South Korea’s first female president, Park Geun-hye. The timing seems good, as the schism between Beijing and Seoul has narrowed recently: China has shown signs of increasing annoyance with North Korea’s regime, Beijing’s strategic and ideological partner. That tension has paved the way for the warming of Beijing’s relationship with Seoul. Park has captured the Chinese imagination for being a fluent Mandarin speaker and an avid fan of ancient Chinese philosophy and military wiles. Meanwhile Kim Jong-un is perceived as an incompetent leader who creates trouble everywhere he goes. That’s why China calls Kim Jong-un the Third Fatso of the Kim family.

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