Wednesday, September 21, 2005

China's Notice of Intent

We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow
The hammer of the gods
Will drive our ships to new lands,
To fight the horde, singing and crying:
Valhalla, I am coming!
On we sweep with threshing oar,
Our only goal will be the western shore
--Led Zeppelin


Here's an interesting aside in the World Press...quoting the Taipei Times last month in regards to the Sino-Russian joint military training:
China has already [succeeded in] maintaining a close relationship with South Korea. If it could create a new cooperative relationship with Russia following the joint military exercise and apply it on the Korean peninsula, it will be able to form a confrontational situation between the ‘China-Russia-Seoul-Pyongyang’ [force] and the ‘U.S.-Japan alliance’ once the fourth round of Six Party Talks is resumed.”

And isn't that just what happened at the 6 party talks? It looks like NoKo is going to get a non-agression pact out of the US-a major coup for the North:
The United States affirmed that is has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade the DPRK with nuclear or conventional weapons.
The DPRK and the United States undertook to respect each other's sovereignty, exist peacefully together and take steps to normalize their relations subject to their respective bilateral policies.

Interesting stuff....

I wonder if the CNOOC fallout had any impact on these talks......

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