One CCP think-tank is suspended by advocating abandoning North Korea
In February, North Korea carried out the third underground
nuclear test explosions and shocked the world.
Deng Yuwen, the deputy editor in chief of “Study Times”
(the Central Party School publication) and also one of the CCP
think-tanks published an article on Financial Times:
China should abandon North Korea. According to the
New York Times’ report on April 1,
Deng Yumin has been indefinitely suspended
from duty by CCP.
New York Times reported that the article
“China should abandon North Korea”
attracted the attentions from U.S. and European
governments due to the Deng Yuwen’s status.
It was seen as a changing sign on the supporting policy
from the CCP new leader Xi Jinping.
Deng’s article pointed out that North Korea’s
third nuclear test provided an opportunity for China to revaluate of the alliance.
China should abandon North Korea and promote
the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
Deng Yuwen said that China regarded
North Korea as an useful geopolitical ally.
However, this approach and its related
security strategy are outdated.
It is doubtful that North Korea is still useful for China today.
The North Korea regime is not stable and
it also has differences with China.
Deng Yuwen said, there is no need to maintain a relationship
with one regime which will collapse sooner or later.
Deng Yuwen said in a telephone interview with the Chosun
Ilbo that he has been indefinitely suspended from duty due to this article.
Deng Yuwen said that Ministry of Foreign Affairs
treated this article as a “stimulus” and complained to the Central Party School by telephone.
Cai Jian, the deputy director of the “Research Center
on South Korea and North Korea” at the Institute of
International Studies, Fudan University said that
Deng Yuwen’s article also caused some repercussions
Cai Jian: “As a Central Party School researcher,
Deng’s article is surprising.
We feel that the Central Party School should
reflect the government stance.
Outside world may also guess if China wants to change
the policy toward North Korea.”
Cai Jian said that CCP did not change the policy toward
North Korea after the third underground nuclear test.
Cai Jian: “We still think that North Korea has played a very
significant role in the security issues and the whole strategy for China.
China’s policy is to maintain the stability and
existence of North Korea.”
Political commentator Lin Zixu said that Deng’s article
indicated the extreme antipathy on North Korea from some people within CCP.
Lin Zixu: “Just a couple of years, the gang of friends of
CCP has disappeared one by one.
The perilous CCP appears to be unprecedented isolated.
If the North Korean regime collapsed,
then CCP will become the last one.
Its dirty will be more clearly revealed.
CCP must find ways to keep North Korea
due to the extreme psychological fear.”
CCP expressed the support for the
new round United Nations sanction on North Korea.
However, according to the past sanctions,
will CCP carry out the UN resolution seriously?
Is Deng Yumin suspended from duty due to this issue?
Deng said to NTDTV that he wills not an interviewee
in such an unusual time.
However, he mentioned that the New York
Times has been described everything.
Cai Jian: “I think this possibility can not be completely ruled
out. North Korea problem in China is a very sensitive topic.
Newspapers and magazines are not allowed to report the
different views with the government.”
Cai Xia, a professor of the Teaching and Research
Department at CCP Central Party School disclosure that
Deng Yuwen is not an official employee of
the Central Party School.
Cai Xia: “Deng Yuwen is not an official employee of
our school. He is a contractor.
Contractors are quite flexible – you can terminate
the contract, I can also terminate the contract.”
Deng Yuwen is not the only person who
gets punished by criticizing North Korea.
In September 2004, “Strategy and Management”
published an article and criticized that
North Korean authorities just developed nuclear weapons,
instead of developing the economy and the standard of people’s living.
The article also mentioned that North Korean authorities
made people’s lives miserable and disregarded the life and death of its people.
The magazine was ordered to cease publication in the end.