How China Sees the Next 'Korean War'

August 14, 2017 Topic: Security Region: Asia Tags: ChinaNorth KoreaDefenseNuclear WeaponsKim Jong-un

How China Sees the Next 'Korean War'

Americans must get up close and personal with China’s perspective on the issue.

Now that we are talking about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear warhead slipping through our defenses and suddenly turning an American city into glass, many of us strategists will much prefer to contemplate rather lighter subjects—like the siege of Raqqa, China’s reef bases in the South China Sea, or even “Fancy Bear” and “Guccifer.” So much for quaint summer reveries.

Lyle J. Goldstein is Professor of Strategy in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the United States Naval War College in Newport RI. He does not tweet, since he is a scholar, but you can reach him at [email protected]. The opinions in his columns are entirely his own and do not reflect the official assessments of the U.S. Navy or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

Image: A soldier salutes during a military parade in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. Reuters/Damir Sagolj