QUOTE(DT_Battlekruser @ Oct 13 2006, 01:48 AM)
Annoyed? If the US unilaterally invaded North Korea, China would almost instantly condemn the action and send troops to aid the North Koreans, just like in the Korean War 50 years ago.
Hence the inverted commas.
QUOTE(BlackerWinter @ Oct 13 2006, 03:44 AM)
Capn' Will, I take it that your a bit left wing eh? I love when people refer to other countries as being, "in charge" of.... well, anything. Let me tell u right now, whatever the situation may be, in any circumstance, it ends with the U.S.. China may have a billion people, but that doesnt mean sh*t to us. There is only one super power in the world and it aint China, or GB or anyone else who thinks they have a say in what goes on. No other country on this planet has the ability to do whatever they want.
I'm not affiliated with any side of the political compass. If anything I'm centrist but I don't see what political leanings have to do with the issue.
I'm trying to think realistically here. As has already been mentioned, China held a US-led coalition (I think it was NATO) to a stalemate in the Korean war. At the time, China was a real mess. Now it is going through its own industrial revolution and starting to embrace freer markets. It has a large and reasonably well-equipped professional army, with the potential for many more recruits. Korea is just a short march away for China, but would be a logistical nightmare for the US. North Korea's rugged terrain would also hinder the US emphasis on a combined-arms war of mobility.
China isn't stupid - it's aware of the advantages it has. The US has influence in the region but it's going to be China that's calling the shots.
Try to look at the whole picture before gloating about the US being able to do 'whatever it wants.'
QUOTE(Mini_Boobs_2707 @ Oct 12 2006, 10:25 PM)
No, because they are two different countries with two different languages.
Since when has a language barrier stopped a powerful country from defending its regional interests?