So, many of you have probably seen this, since I think all of us follow the news, but I read this at work last week, and thought it was particularly interesting, and indicative of not only the problems of ROK-DPRK relations right now, but also demonstrates why China supports the DPRK regime.
"S Korea 'regrets' refugee mix-up"
One of the reasons I'm posting this though, is really to ask a question. Does anyone have an idea why the DPRK has kidnapped South Korean individuals before? Do they basically arrest them for trespassing? Or are they interrogated as enemy combatants in the old Cold War style? Do they really kidnap them? And do events like these strain Chinese-South Korean relations? (I would imagine they do). Does North Korea consider itself the rightful government of the whole peninsula, so South Koreans are really their citizens?