North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has passed over his two older sons and chosen Kim Jong-un, who is not yet 30, to replace him. Richard Bush, senior fellow and director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings, outlines the moves the father has taken to promote and protect his son, and the consequences for the rest of the world.
Prospects for the Korean peninsula: Views from Japan and the United States
China has a couple of options here. It could choose to be unhappy about this, but not make it a big issue. The other way they could see it is the first step in a kind of probe towards moving towards an official relationship. [Beijing] might calculate that it is better to react vigorously and strongly with the first step rather than wait for the situation to get worse.