At some point, Hu or whoever is in charge of China is going to have to do a David Kaczynski and realize that maybe all that stuff you're afraid that crazy brother Ted is doing really is happening. And then you make a deal brings him down with as little trouble as possible. Seriously, President Lee, offer Hu a deal that if China pulls the plug, there will be no US forces in former DPRK territory and all Chinese contracts with Pyongyang will be honored. You might have to throw in an agreement that Seoul won't raise a stink about keeping Kim Jong-il and his cohorts in exile, but that's a small price to pay for how much future suffering we'll prevent.
Anyway, I also want to draw attention to the subheading in story #2, about two ruling party candidates who are naturalized Koreans. They aren't the first, even if they're part of a very small group, and one reason I point them out is that some naysayers about Korea's drive toward acceptance of other groups (let's paraphrase the Chinese and call it "multiculturalism with Korean characteristics") insist that this kind of thing has not, could not, and perhaps will not happen. Even though it already does.
- WHO Director-General, returning from Pyongyang, says North Korea has no shortage of doctors and nurses (Reuters, WHO press conference)
- Na Kyung-won to run against incumbent Oh Sehoon in ruling Hannara Party primary for Seoul mayorship (Korea Herald)
- Two naturalized Koreans, one from Japan and one from the Philippines, to run in local elections as ruling party candidates (Yonhap, Korea Times)
- Chinese president offers condolences (Korea Times)
- Special probe seeks suspicious fragments at site of sinking (Yonhap, Korea Times)
- Government to launch audit of military's handling of incident (Yonhap)
- US calls on Pyongyang to release Gomes on humanitarian grounds (Yonhap)