Chinese raids hit North Korean defectors' 'Underground Railroad' - Reuters
In January, Kim Jong-un, the "supreme leader" of North Korea, reportedly threatened to "exterminate three generations" of any family with a member caught defecting from North Korea during the day mourning period for the late Kim Jong-il. Despite its obligations under international law, the Chinese government maintains an agreement with North Korea to repatriate North Korean refugees. The Commission hearing addressed the current predicament of North Korean refugees who have been detained by Chinese authorities in recent weeks.
Witnesses discussed the factors driving North Koreans to flee to China.
Witnesses also addressed the legality of China's forced repatriations of North Koreans and relevant humanitarian concerns. Enter Prisoner Name:.
Email Button Subscribe facebook youtube twitter Instagram. Search form Search. Representative James P. The United States has pushed North Korea to irreversibly give up its nuclear weapons program in return for aid, trade, diplomatic benefits, and normalization of relations. But experts say Washington and Beijing, while sharing the goal of denuclearizing North Korea, have different views on how to reach it. Some measures target North Korean funds in Chinese banks, while others focus on its mineral and metal export industries, which make up an important part of trade with China.
China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees
Others have targeted Chinese businesses and individuals believed to be facilitating North Korean financing in violation of sanctions. Meanwhile, the Donald J. Trump administration has challenged the U. The Trump administration has also shaken up U. Kelly in Foreign Affairs. Ultimately, China wants to ensure that it will have an influential role in any resolution that materializes on the Korean Peninsula, to protect its own national interests.
China's help to North Korea: enforced repatriation
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While the Chinese certainly would prefer that North Korea not have nuclear weapons, their greatest fear is regime collapse. KCNA via Reuters. For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism and conflict. The Trump administration has declared China a currency manipulator, but what that means for the ongoing trade war is far from clear.