The Barack Obama administration is sending a clear message to North Korea and more importantly to its "big brother" China by dispatching the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to the West Sea according to Thursday's edition of the Washington Post.
The Post says the move clearly implies that the United States is standing "shoulder to shoulder" with its ally, South Korea and that it will not tolerate further provocations from the communist state.
The US nuclear-powered super-carrier with 6-thousand crew and 75 warplanes alongside with four companion ships and at least one nuclear submarine is to be deployed to the Korean peninsula for a joint military exercise in the West Sea in the wake of North Korea's artillery attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong this week.
The Washington Post says Beijing has a great influence over Pyeongyang, yet, it seems the Chinese leadership is highly unlikely to intervene to pressure the Kim Jong-il regime.
Quoting an official who served during the Clinton administration, the daily said China only collaborated with the US to constrain Pyeongyang when there were concerns that the US would strike North Korea militarily.
Meanwhile, China's Communist Party sees the survival of North Korea as a last frontier to the "maintenance of its own rule."
The Post also adds that both Seoul and Washington seem to be closer than they have been in the past due to the latest regional instability.
Yang Ji-woo, Arirang News.