- The Washington Times - Monday, October 9, 2006

North Korea receives nearly all of its oil from China. Imagine if Beijing turned off that tap. How long will it take then for the North Korean regime to collapse? Answering that question also illustrates the rationale for why Beijing won’t turn off the petrol tap: Fear that if oil doesn’t flow south across the border, then refugees will flow north.

But what if the nuke test results in China deciding they’ve had enough with Kim Jong-il? What if China decided that, militarily, they could stop refugees from crossing its 877-mile border with North Korea? Unlikely, yes. But if you start seeing Chinese troops amass along the North Korean border, then maybe - just maybe - Beijing has decided to wash its hands of Dear Leader.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide