According to information this paper confirmed through reliable high-ranking officials in China, the rapid progress power of the Shanghai Faction of Xi Jinping, who will hold a dominant position in the next Chinese government, will be a power including Jiang Zemin(Kang Tek-Min), the former President(1990-2005) who was friendly towards North Korea. Consequently, it is predicted that the relationship between North Korea and China will remain strong for the next ten years.
This kind of result comes from the relationship between Zhang Dejiang and Jiang Zemin that has a firm position in the Shanghai Faction which is the core power of the current Chinese government. Their relationship is strong to the extent that Jiang Zemin thinks that ‘if it were not for Zhang’s help during the Cultural Revolution period, Jiang Zemin of today would not exist.’ Zhang Dejiang‘s father was Jiang Zemin’s immediate superior when he worked at the Zhang Chun Ichi car factory in Jilin Province as an engineer from the 1950s to the 1960s. Due to this personal connection, Zhang Dejiang’s position which is the core position in the current ‘Shanghai Faction’, is so resolute that nobody cannot shake it.
The point that should be observed here is that Zhang Dejiang is the core chief of the power in China that is thoroughly friendly towards North Korea. Zhang Dejiang is a person thoroughly friendly towards the North who has an academic background of having studied at the department of economics at North Korea’s Kim Il-Sung University as a student studying abroad from 1978 to 1980. Moreover, he is a figure who will show great power in the current and next Chinese government. The data that the North Korean government supported Zhang Dejiang to solidify his position in the Chinese political community, to form power, and to strengthen his influence in order to use the Jiang Zemin-Zhang Dejiang, Zhang Dejiang-North Korea, Jiang Zemin-North Korea network in effectively strengthening the current relationship between North Korea and China are the ones that this paper’s source identified.
Eventually, China is participating in the international society’s sanction and pressure toward North Korea only on the surface. In reality, China’s friendly policies toward North Korea will not change easily for a long time. However, how China’s interests and dynamic relationships with advanced countries such as South Korea, the United States, and Japan will change and how stronger or weaker the influence of the North Korean government will become compared to South Korea are important variables. As a result, it is interpreted that our policies toward the North should be manipulated in order to make China’s high-ranking officials our side.
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