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OpinionHere's How China Plays North Korea—And Trump

19:16  14 march  2019
19:16  14 march  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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North Korea has become increasingly disgruntled with China since Mr. Kim took charge, particularly as Beijing has backed economic sanctions against it. From China ’ s perspective, the Trump -Kim talks, by cooling the bellicose rhetoric between the United States and North Korea , would reduce the need

On North Korea , he said: “ China has great influence over North Korea . And China will either decide to help us with North Korea , or they won’t. The Trump administration got off to rocky start in its relations with Beijing with accusations from the president that Beijing has militarised the South China

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A retired senior Chinese military officer bragged a few years ago at a public conference in Asia, “North Korea is a rabid dog we have in a large cage.” And Beijing continues to hold the leash while keeping the the dangerous canine fed.

China has provided crucial economic and diplomatic lifelines to Pyongyang plus technology, components, equipment, and materials for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs—all the while claiming that it’s taming the beast, but keeping the rest of the world guessing about whether it will break out of the Chinese constraints.

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China is demanding South Korea not defend itself from North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons, which Beijing has helped Pyongyang develop. In November, the South Korean military and Lotte Group tentatively agreed to swap land, allowing the first THAAD battery to be located on the site of its

He said Trump and Xi had cultivated a “warm relationship” and that the Chinese leader was “courageous” to abstain from siding with Russia in the United Nations this week. During their meeting, Xi briefly told Trump about the deep ties and complicated history between China and North Korea

Now we see that North Korea, in the wake of the second summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, is upgrading and rebuilding both rocket and missile facilities.

At the same time, Chinese officials are working hard to clinch a trade deal with the Trump administration, and these developments are linked, even when no direct connections are drawn.

Commercial satellite imagery from March 6 shows that the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility at Tongchang-ri is now back at “normal operational status.” In recent days, workers rebuilt the engine test stand and the rail transfer station.

Last September, during Kim’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean leader promised to close Sohae as a confidence-building measure. There had been some dismantlement of the site after the announcement.

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North Korea : Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet by May after invitation from Pyongyang. North Korea and the US might become closer and North Korea would become a longer-term security threat for China in the future.” Zhao said the situation was so fast-moving it was impossible to say how the

Trump has previously used conciliatory and at times fawning language to refer to China ’ s President Xi, but the honeymoon appears to be over. Conservative news outlets in the US appeared to relish Trump ’ s decision to assail Beijing for its alleged role in North Korea ’ s missile and nuclear programs.

Moreover, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, according to reports, has recently observed heightened activity at the Sanumdong missile production center, near the capital of Pyongyang.

Analysts suggest these reports point to a rocket or missile launch in coming weeks. North Korea last tested a missile on November 29, 2017, when it arced its Hwasong-15 into the heavens. The test demonstrated that the missile, with a flatter trajectory, would be able to travel downrange more than 8,000 miles, sufficient to reach all the American homeland.

The activities at Sohae and Sanumdong has been interpreted as attempts to pressure Trump into accepting Pyongyang’s “denuclearization” proposals. American and North Korean sources report conflicting versions of negotiations at the second summit, but it appears the North Korean side initially asked for—and insisted upon almost until the end of the meeting—relief from all sanctions in return for shuttering part of the nuclear complex at Yongbyon. Moreover, despite repeated U.S. requests, the North has refused to provide a declaration of all missile and nuclear weapons sites.

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When President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Twitter in early January that a North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States “ won’t happen! ” there were two things he still did not fully appreciate: how close Kim Jong-un, the North ’ s leader

Considering everything, Pyongyang has so far taken an unusually bold stance in negotiations with the Trump administration.

Few people truly know the extent to which that position has the support of Beijing, but there has been evident coordination between the Chinese and North Koreans during the Trump presidency.

Kim Jong Un traveled to China three times last year, once to Beijing, at the end of March; again in the beginning of May, to Dalian; and again in June, to Beijing, after the Singapore summit. Moreover, Kim got on his armored train and went to Beijing in January, spending his birthday during the trip.

For his part, Xi Jinping, the Chinese ruler, has yet to step on North Korean soil. This one-way street makes it clear Beijing exercises extraordinary control over its only formal military ally.

Indeed, decades-long connections have created the impression that solutions to North Korea run through Beijing.

This was especially true during the administration of the generous, patient, and gullible George W. Bush, who had put Beijing at the center of the international community’s efforts to disarm the Kim family. All rounds of the now-defunct Six-Party Talks, which ran from 2003 until 2009, were hosted in Beijing and chaired by China.

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Here ' s why: • China is North Korea 's protector, chief trading partner and economic lifeline. Although China condemned North Korea 's latest nuclear North Korean trade with nations other than China has come to a virtual halt. But China allows numerous state-run companies from North Korea to

Enter Trump. President No. 45 has, by talking directly to Kim Jong Un, cut Beijing out of the equation, and from all indications that alarmed Xi, especially last spring.

Now Xi is in need—perhaps desperate need—of an agreement to end the so-called “trade war.” The U.S.-China struggle has aggravated a Chinese economic slowdown that had been years in the making, and now Xi needs a confidence booster, like a favorable agreement with the U.S.

Xi last week removed from his calendar a trip to Mar-a-Lago to clinch a trade deal at the end of this month. The narrative is that he was concerned that the American leader would walk out on him as he walked out on Kim Jong Un in Hanoi at the end of last month.

There is, however, an alternative explanation. Perhaps the deferral of the trip to Florida is the result of Xi waiting for Kim to cause more trouble—missile or rocket launch?—so that the Chinese can appear to come to Trump’s rescue on denuclearization and therefore win trade concessions.

The Chinese have always dangled cooperation on North Korea in return for help on something else, and at first Trump appeared to fall for that oft-used ploy. In 2017, he regularly begged Beijing for help, often making embarrassing pleas public. “I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war,” he said to the New York Times in December of that year. “If they’re helping me with North Korea, I can look at trade a little bit differently, at least for a period of time. And that’s what I’ve been doing.”

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If North Korea launched a nuclear strike, or if one were imminent, or even if war were imminent, then yes, it’ s more likely Trump ’ s order to strike first would make it through the chain of command and be This of course wouldn’t be official, but, as you’ll see, it is how it will play out behind the scenes.

How the offer could help North Korea and undermine Trump , US interests. President Donald Trump addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Lewis said the Trump administration' s sanctions were indeed painful to North Korea . But he noted that Kim was probably most concerned about

So will Trump attempt a “grand bargain” with China? The trend of news says he will, but there is history to suggest the opposite. Trump, after all, gave Xi slack in 2017 and early 2018, hoping for aid on North Korea, handing to Beijing free passes on trade, South China Sea, and Taiwan. For instance, the interim trade deal, announced by the Commerce Department in May 2017, looked like it would in fact increase the U.S. trade deficit with China.

When Xi disappointed Trump one too many times, however, Trump pounced, in March of last year. Then, the administration imposed on China stiff tariffs, under the authority of Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Now, most everyone expects Trump to come to some agreement with China, but Beijing should not be too confident that the U.S. will fall for this trick one more time.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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