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Norks to South Korea on Talks: Nope, Nevermind

North Korea canceled high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for later this week, apparently because the South’s choice of negotiator was for some reason unacceptable. “We consider the North Korean decision very regrettable,” said a South Korean government spokesman. They were to have been the highest-level talks in six years.

Yesterday we noted that North Korea’s decision to come to the negotiating table might be a reflection of Chinese determination to reduce tension in northeast Asia, which Japan and other countries use to justify remilitarization and an increased American presence throughout the region. China is focused on the long game: the eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula, under circumstances favorable to Beijing, could do much to endear it to Seoul and would fundamentally change the geopolitical landscape of east Asia.

This remains true despite the Norks cancelation of this week’s talks. South Korea says that it is still open to the meeting. Stay tuned.

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