Doubts About China’s Repatriation Flip

21 Apr

CINA_-_COREA_-_Rifugiati_(F).jpg Jason Miks at The Diplomat casts doubt on that report on China’s decision not to repatriate North Korean refugees as retaliation for the failed launch of an Unha-3 missile.

According to the paper, the Chinese government has “halted the repatriation of North Korean defectors, apparently in response to South Korean requests and because it is angry that the North went ahead with its rocket launch.” If true, this would be a slap in the face for North Korea, and would certainly indicate Beijing’s displeasure that North Korea had decided to proceed with the launch.

The only problem is that the Chosun Ilbo report is based on a source who spoke with Japan’s The Yomiuri Shimbun. The Japanese media is notoriously vague about its sources (readers of Japanese papers must surely be thankful for the ubiquitous fly on the wall that provides allegedly direct quotes from private meetings only attended by the two people being quoted), so it’s unclear whether this report can be relied upon.

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