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Who is the sleeping monster?

Discussion in 'Asian Politics' started by reedak, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. reedak

    reedak Member

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    The late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh once described China and Vietnam as “both comrades and brothers”. During the Vietnam War, China supplied the North Vietnamese with guns and other weapons to fight the US troops in South Vietnam. However, during the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, China discovered much to its regret, dismay and amusement that the Vietnamese turned the guns and other Chinese weapons around at the Chinese army. Fortunately for China, Vietnam did not have a nuclear missile programme of its own, otherwise history would be different.

    As in the turbulent Sino-Vietnamese ties, mutual suspicion and distrust between China and Korea go back a long way to ancient times. The "comradely, brotherly" relationship between China and North Korea surely ranks as one of world’s strangest.

    There is a line in the play The Tempest, by William Shakespeare : “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” It is spoken by Trinculo, King Alonso's jester, who has been shipwrecked and finds himself seeking shelter beside Caliban, whom he regards as a "sleeping monster".

    The current territorial dispute between China and Vietnam is a mirror image of a possible future Sino-Korean conflict once North Korea subdues the South. However, unlike the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, China will have to prepare for a nuclear holocaust as it will be clashing headon with a nuclear-armed Korea.

    Of the two strange bedfellows, who is the sleeping monster?

    http://www.historynet.com/war-of-the-dragons-the-sino-vietnamese-war-1979.htm

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight...nd-brothers-china-and-vietnam-are-going-their

    http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/tempest/section5.rhtml

    https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/t/the-tempest/summary-and-analysis/act-ii-scene-2
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    PRC has been far too leniante with NK and they will come to rue that.
     
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