LoneRifle wrote:What the US wants we already have.
Not everything and NK would not only enable possile US installations directly on Chinese borders but also to Russia. It is simply unthinkable for US to give up those bases they already have and whatever geopolitical gains it can possibly get from a united Korea under SK. Thats why i say there is no chance for SK to make such any promise to China and thus the stalemate will go on.
Also i think if people objectivly look at the situation it is really unlikely for chubby to start something, he will bark and occasionally show he has the bomb and trie continually to blackmail for money so he can get a comfortable life in his kingdom. The first shot of an armed conflict would very likely be fired from a South Korean rifle.
I also think you underestimate the social/cultural/economic ties and dynamic between SK/China, especially in the recent past, with better opportunities for SK and the possible blessing of pacifiying chubby. There are of course very nationalistic South Koreans who do blame China as contributor of NK still existing, but many other Koreans also do understands that China will be much more friendly to SK if US troops leave, also let's not forget that US supported the dictatorship on SK till he got assassinated (cause he did pretty much what US wanted him to do) which the Koreans also remember. So for most people who look at this objectivly it is power struggle between 2 great powers and the situation on the peninsula is kinda a result of it.
I'll post this from 2015, there are opinions of SK about the position of China in terms of economy. And nationalism goes only so far before a good offer brings the emotions down and people start to look objectivly at options.
http://www.ibtimes.com/international-op ... ey-1981994
In the end, there is much to learn about east Asia and the dynamic/psyche of people in that region, and it is not so simple to just say US helped in the past 60 years and SK loves them.