North Korea And China, Cut From The Same Cloth

North Korea And China, Cut From The Same Cloth

The leadership of a state has a definite correlation to the policies put into place and the ideologies of the government.

China and North Korea have their differences as nations, of course.

Yet, the two communist countries bear striking similarities to one another during their most formative years, including their relationship with the now debunked Soviet Union, nationalistic pride stemming from Japanese occupation, and, most importantly, their heads of government. The leadership of a state has a definite correlation to the policies put into place and the ideologies of the government.

Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, and Kim Il Sung, the supreme leader of North Korea, are two similar political figures. Even considering their early lives, before they became infamous rulers, we can take note of the parallels.

For example, Mao was born to a moderately well-off family of farmers. Though they lived in a rural area, he had the privilege of attending school and receiving a formal education. Kim also lived in a small village and was born to a family of relatively affluent farmers. Kim was fortunate enough to also obtain a formal education. There, like Mao, he rejected the traditions and teachings of older generations, leaning toward Communist ideologies.

As the two aged and developed their beliefs, they became increasingly involved in political activity.

Kim Il Sung joined a small organization of Marxists with less than 19 other men, resembling Mao’s involvement in a group of Chinese communists consisting of only 13 men.

Both leaders became active guerilla fighters, which resulted in their rises to power. Mao Zedong was extremely effective in his guerrilla-like tactics, allowing him to fend and fight off the Japanese. The North Korean ruler was, likewise, a part of guerrilla movements to fight Japanese invasion and occupation in Manchuria.

Seen as fierce, loyal fighters for their countries (and communism), Mao and Kim were chosen by the Soviet Union to be at the helm of leadership. This decision was echoed in the support from the general population. They ruled with heavy nationalistic sentiments and a fully-loaded state propaganda machine.

The cult of personality surrounding both Mao Zedong, of the People’s Republic of China, and Kim Il Sung of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had a tremendous amount of influence on the shaping of their respective countries that continue to echo generations later.

Mao’s resulted in fanatic followers that terrorized and slaughtered thousands in his name. Additionally, the creation of a book of his quotes was released to the population, emblematic of propaganda. Kim’s resulted in heavy brainwashing of the population; he took on the identity of a god. His birthday is referred to as the day of the sun.

However, it should be noted that during these years, the two countries have had their distinct differences in many areas, such as economic development and social change, for example.

Presently, with tensions between the capitalist and imperialist United States and North Korea rising, China has been forced to be the moderator between the two nations. The People's Republic of China now faces a difficult decision—maintain an ideological ally in the growing capitalist East or lose millions in trade.

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Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was as big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

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