Why China Won’t Stop North Korea
Podcast -- Border guards, economics and buffer states
As the conflict between the United States and North Korea escalates, more and more pundits and experts have called on China to intervene.
Which makes sense. Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest trading partner and closest ally. But just because China is North Korea’s best friend doesn’t mean China has control over the hermit state. China’s relationship with North Korea is … complicated.
Chinese history expert Adam Cathcart lectures at Leeds University in the United Kingdom. He’s also spent some time on China’s border with North Korea. This week on War College, he explains the relationship between the two countries, what the border looks like and what happens when Chinese border guards interrogate you.