A fun little back and forth on China’s allegedly “illogical” stance on North Korea from a former US ambassador to China:
“Do we do better when confronted with similar contradictions? No. We fumble as well. Take our support for Israel, a country where we have influence but lack control. It is a core element of our foreign policy. It often undermines our ability to have a coherent Middle East policy. It was an unstated factor in the decision to invade Iraq and oust the Sunni leadership, which had the collateral consequence of upsetting the Sunni-Shia balance in the Middle East and strengthening Iran’s influence. Despite our disapproval of Israeli settler policies, we don’t cut off aid. We shield Israel against condemnation for atrocities against Palestinians. In short, our own synthesis of the contradictions spawned by our unremitting support for Israel often makes our policy in the region appear incoherent, or even, if one can use the word, illogical. And yet the drivers of our support for Israel are just as immutable as are Beijing’s geopolitical interests with respect to North Korea.”
It seems i’m a little late getting on the bandwagon, but now that i’ve jumped aboard this discussion has given me perhaps a less critical view of China and even my home country’s approaches to their respective potatoes and tomatoes.