WPK lays out scathing new approach in relations with China

Kim Ga Young  |  2016-03-31 17:31

Editor's Note: This article has been amended from an earlier version.


Alleged WPK document: "All Party members and workers must join in soundly crushing China's
 pressuring schemes with the force of a nuclear storm for its betrayal of socialism."
The Workers Party of North Korea has recently issued a document from Pyongyang to provincial bodies that condemns Beijing for taking part in UN sanctions against the North and openly rallies Party members toward nuclear conflict with China. 

Daily NK has obtained a copy of one of the mass-delivered documents, published by the Central Party and circulated to provincial Party committees, via Sino-North Korea relations expert Lee Young Hwa, a professor at Kansai University, earlier this week. The document appears to outline a new doctrine on policies toward China and is dated March 10, 2016. 

Daily NK could not independently verify the content of the document.    

The Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea has handed down a message openly lashing out against China and commanding its people to actively confront it with a nuclear storm, Lee explained. 

The document was reportedly distributed and read aloud throughout North Korea by provincial Party secretaries overseeing provincial Party committee meetings. An approximate translation of the title of the document is, All Party members and workers must join in soundly crushing Chinas pressuring schemes with the force of a nuclear storm for its betrayal of socialism. 

The document goes on to explain that China has been an eager participant in the sanctions because it is worried that its status of dominance in Northeast Asia will be challenged, adding that these actions call for active resistance against Beijings anti-North plot. 

Appearing to reflect on Sino-North Korea relations, the document states, China had never once been sincere towards the North, especially when its revolutionary efforts ran into challenges and struggles. It adds, Just as our great Suryong [great or supreme leaders] have taught us, we must not have even the smallest fantasies about Chinas intentions. 

We must no longer go easy on the Chinese and instead deal with them equally in order to change their attitude of taking us lightly, another part reads. The document then orders members to unite more firmly around Marshal Kim Jong Un and fight to the very end for final victory in our Juche revolutionary feat, even if graver hardships and difficulties blow this way. 

This document indicates that the North has now declared China to be an enemy state, placing it on the same ranks as South Korea, the U.S., and Japan, Professor Lee explained. 

It has now positioned the U.S. as the feared enemy and China as the detested enemy, he said. The use of the term nuclear storm also indicates it is threatening Beijing with nuclear and missile provocations, Lee added. 

North Korea and China had maintained close ties since the signing of the 1961 Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, but this new declaration in effect announces an end to that agreement, the professor asserted. There is a high possibility that Sino-North Korea relations will not only deteriorate, but lead to tensions as well, he surmised.

However, a high-ranking defector, who spoke with Daily NK on condition of anonymity, also weighed in on the document, specifically questioning its alleged audience. Given the isolation North Korea faces, there can certainly exist negative attitudes towards China right now. People also received ideological training not to have fantasies about China under Kim Jong Il when [bilateral ties]were unfavorable ," he said, "but those cases were limited to cadres in the upper ranks.

He added, "It is questionable whether [documents including] strong language like China is a traitor to socialism and nuclear storm would have been distributed to lower ranks [as claimed in this case]. 

The following is an approximate translation of the policy resolution drawn up by the Central Party Committee and dictated to its citizens (dated March 10, 2016):

Under the superior leadership of our revered supreme commander Marshal Kim Jong Un, our motherland has now confidently entered the ranks of nuclear states completely equipped with a hydrogen bomb and various kinds of miniaturized nuclear bombs. Utterly shocked at this, China, has rushed to take part in United Nations sanctions, worried that its dominant status in Northeast Asia will be challenged. The current political climate calls for all Party members and workers to firmly stand up against Chinas hostile schemes against the great Chosun (DPRK) through political, military, and economic actions in Northeast Asia. When looking back on our revolutionary history, not once has China been sincere towards us when our revolutionary efforts ran into challenges and struggles. Just as our great Suryong leaders have taught us, we must not have even the smallest fantasies about China. We must no longer go easy on the Chinese and instead deal with them on the same footing in order to change their attitude of taking us lightly. All Party members and workers, let us unite more firmly around Marshal Kim Jong Un and fight with all our might to the very end for final victory in our juche revolutionary feat, even if graver hardships and difficulties blow this way, with the deep loyalty and strong belief that so long as our dear Marshal is with us, we will always see victory!

*Translated by Jiyeon Lee
*Edited by Lee Farrand

 
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