My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
According to the JoongAn Ilbo newspaper, Chinese authorities had broken up a
North Korean assassination ring sent to kill Kim Jong-nam's son Kim Han-sol. This comes on the heels
of another story where Chinese local authorities warned South Korean nationals to be careful of North
Korean kidnap teams. It is showing me two things. First, China is now beginning to favor South Korea
over North Korea (although not the the point of letting North Korea collapse). Second, the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) seems to be developing a plan "C" against North Korea. The CCP does NOT
want North Korea to cease to exist, but they want to replace the government with a puppet more
amendable to Chinese control. And it seems that Kim Han-sol might be their puppet. It is believed that
Kim Han-sol might be in China now under Chinese protection. Since Kim Jong-nam was assassinated,
Kim Jong-nam's whole family looks like it is being targeted. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is truly
afraid of assassination himself, and is deeply suspicious of the United States and China in both trying to
get rid of him. this time the CCP is making sure that nothing happens to Kim Han-sol since he is part
of the Kim family, and since he is younger than Kim Jong-un he will most probably outlast his uncle.
With the control of the CCP now being in the hands of Xi Jinping, who does not like Kim Jong-un and
has largely disposed of the Jiang Zemin faction in the CCP that was very close to North Korea, Xi will
just keep North Korea alive and barely functioning, but I suspect that his plan is to replace the North
Korean government with a solidly pro-China one to rule the country and adopt China's brand of
market socialism. It kind of reminds me of the Chinese empire during Korea's three kingdom's period
when China had aided Silla in taking control of the peninsula so that it could use Silla to extend
Chinese influence and control over the peninsula. Only in this case China is trying to keep the
Korean peninsula divided so that it can try to gain control over both Koreas.