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China's reputation cost on NK

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By Lee Seong-hyon

China should be more ambitious on North Korea. Attempting to "stall" (as alleged by American observers) the U.S. negotiation process with Pyongyang is shortsighted. Being seen as a "disruptor" of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula would exact a heavy reputational cost on China's international image.

Instead, it should take a strategy that is more long-term oriented and monumental. "North Korea" may be an opportunity for China to demonstrate its newly-shaping leadership and garner global respect as an alternative power to the United States.

Pompeo's latest visit to Pyongyang has been largely seen as less than deserving applause. Then, is this the time for China to jump in the game and prove its leadership on the North Korean issue?

The United States under the Donald Trump administration is backpedaling from its traditional leadership. The world is in need of leadership and is curious to know whether China can fill the vacuum. And North Korea is where China can show to the global audience how its leadership may be different from that of American, if any.

"China, be ambitious!" Thus spoke........

© The Korea Times