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  • Editor’s Picks / 18 February 2016 at 0:19 GMT

    Trade with Pyongyang could succeed where sanctions have failed

    South China Morning Post
    North Korea is the only country known to have conducted nuclear tests this century, which points to an unwavering ambition to achieve long-range ballistic nuclear deterrence. The response so far is for more sanctions: the blunt tool that hasn’t proved to work. China is in a quandary. Beijing opposes sanctions that would precipitate a humanitarian disaster. To change North Korea, sanctions are necessary but not sufficient. In addition, Beijing should see fit to give financial fair wind to North Korea’s special economic zones and infrastructural development, particularly those that link up with China. The historian Thucydides reduced human motivation for war to “fear, honour and profits”. His insight can apply to North Korea’s belligerence.
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