Diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks reveal that some Chinese diplomats wouldn't object to a reunified Korea. In the cables, diplomats called China's longtime ally "a spoiled child," and wrote about concerns in China that the country's influence was waning in the North.
If Korea were to reunify, what would be the consequence? Paul Stares, director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council of Foreign Relations, says the process of reunifying could lead to a refugee crisis in China, economic instability across the region and such chaos in the North that hundreds of thousands of troops would be needed to maintain order.
- Council on Foreign Relations: Preparing for sudden change in North Korea
- Here & Now: North Korean defectors tell of starvation, government propaganda
This segment aired on December 6, 2010.