Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Casting Another Chinese Loose Cannon?

The Chinese do love their little psycho-nuclear client states.

Perhaps worried that North Korea can't last much longer, is Peking trying for Plan B?

The recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship, photographs of massive tunnels and a secret meeting have raised concern that one of the world's poorest nations may be aspiring to join the nuclear club — with help from its friends in Pyongyang.

No one expects military-run Myanmar, also known as Burma, to obtain an atomic bomb anytime soon, but experts are closely watching the Southeast Asian nation.

"There's suspicion that something is going on, and increasingly that cooperation with North Korea may have a nuclear undercurrent. We are very much looking into it," says David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

Let me step out on a limb here and predict China will be of no help at all in trying to slow down Burma if this thug state's rulers want to go nuclear.