North Korea said Monday it will suspend operations at a factory complex it has jointly run with South Korea, pulling out more than 53,000 North Korean workers and moving closer to severing its last economic link with its rival as tensions escalate.
The Chinese ElementsThe mainstream media, is taking Chinese focus on North Korea delicately, but it looks to me as if a slow demonization campaign is slowly creeping in. I can't figure the reasons behind the slow drip. Perhaps TPTB are trying to keep panic to a minimum. We sure wouldn't want the masses who are aware that China holds enormous amounts of U.S. debt to begin worrying about a war with China.
The slow demonization that is taking place is four-fold:
- Hackers - Numerous reports have pointed the finger at China for hacking incidents. They attempt to point the finger at Chinese military, and Chinese spies and not just malcontents and regular run of the mill blackhat hackers (more, more).
- South China Sea - China and Japan have been butting heads over ownership of the South China Sea, its islands, and resources. The United States, is using this as a proxy conflict with Japan in the middle, though there is no love lost between Japan and China since before WW2. This dispute is getting media attention, but the subtle framing makes China out to be the belligerent one.
- Support of N. Korea - China's support of North Korea, and its inability to keep them on a leash has been exploited and exaggerated by mainstream media and is only getting worse with the escalating tensions in North Korea. I fear there may be hostilities very soon, and China would be treaty bound to intervene; not a pleasant thought!
- Support of Iran - China's recent diplomatic and economic gains with Iran are being subtly mentioned in the media. China has also said publicly that any military intervention against Iran would be considered an attack on China. Again, this is a very scary thought.