China Keeping the Korea Peninsula Divided

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                                          While the Korean political left is trying to flush relations with
Japan down the drain, the one country that is keeping the Korean peninsula divided sits back
and laughs. China is keeping the Korean peninsula divided, and wishes to keep the two Koreas
from ever becoming one. The Chinese government knows that a unified Korean peninsula
would be under the control of the Republic of Korea ruled by Seoul. North Korea is a joke, and
it would not exist at all without China. Recently, the U.S. government has released photographs
of Chinese ships in Hungnam providing oil and other resources needed by the North Korean
government despite the United Nations’ sanctions. It is proof if any that the Chinese govern-
ment may say that they are abiding by the sanctions, but are in fact ignoring them and 
doing what they can to keep North Korea alive. But then that is what it has been doing since
1950—keeping the Korean peninsula divided. If you think about it, a unified Korean nation
under a non-communist government would be a threat to China. It would mean that the
Republic of Korea has the resources of North Korea to grow its economy further. It would
mean that it would be an independent power on China’s northeast border, and it would
mean that a unified Korea could be a major Asian power in its own right. This is something
that China does NOT want. Hence, while it claims to be trying to help South Korea in
dealing with North Korea, China will do what it can to keep the Korean peninsula divided.