Can you believe... "China has contingency plans to dispatch troops to North Korea should its neighbor become politically unstable." (full report) And, a published US Army article suggests that "The United States should begin creating the diplomatic conditions now to justify and support a South Korean-led occupation of North Korea [to further US interests]. It is no secret too that US military plans for the Korean peninsula include military occupation of North Korea if an outbreak of war occurs.
Whatever the purported intentions of these contingency plans are, they eerily remind of similar instances in the past when the big powers attempted to grab Korea for themselves before the others do at the turn of the 19th century by dispatching their troops to Korea with slightest pretexts. Imperial China sent in its troops as well as the Russan Empire, but it was Imperial Japan which defeated them all to claim Korea for itself. The US, via a stealthy power-sharing deal with Japan called the Taft-Katsura Agreement, gained full control of the Philippines in exchange for Japan's control over Korea.
Aren't contingency plans for peace dividend resulting from Korean reconciliation and reunification more productive efforts?
[Photo: Chinese troops enter Korea during the Korean War.]