At last, China has sided with South Korea and the United States - and it's possible U.S. President Donald Trump had something to do with it...
China agreed today to take part in efforts currently underway to counter North Korea's nuclear threat.
This news was confirmed by the top nuclear envoys from North Korea's neighbors - Kim Hong-kyun of Seoul and Wu Dawei from Beijing, according to VOA News today.
They reported from a joint press conference in South Korea this morning that it is indeed time to take "strong action" against Pyongyang.
Beijing's compliance - the terms of which weren't specified by Kim and Wu - comes just after another threat was made by Kim Jong-un's kingdom...
On Monday, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson arrived in Pacific waters just off North Korea's coast. Pyongyang noticed. A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman then told the state-run Korean Central News Agency that Pyongyang will hold "the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions."
The threat of such "catastrophic consequences" was not taken lightly, especially not from U.S. President Donald Trump...
China May Have Agreed to Help U.S. in Response to the POTUS' Tweets
Several media outlets are expressing speculation today that Trump played a large part in China's compliance...
- "Pressured by Trump, it looks like China is going to do something about North Korea's nukes" - Business Insider, April 11, 2017.
- "Trump tells China to 'solve the North Korea problem'" - The Daily Mail, April 11, 2017
- "Trump pushed China to take tougher position on North Korea" - Politico, April 11, 2017
What spawned these headlines came from two tweets posted by the POTUS around 8 a.m. today...
Whether or not Trump's "quid pro quo" did the trick is anyone's guess, but the mainstream media seems to think so.
It's no small endeavor, nonetheless - getting China to comply with actions against North Korea.
That's because Beijing has a deep interest in preserving a North Korean state as a buffer against Western influences. A united Western-leaning democratic Korea threatens communist China.
Plus, if North Korea falls one day, the United States could station itself there - right next door to its biggest trade nemesis on the planet.
China thinks it can push the United States and its allies out of Asia altogether to secure its energy riches for itself.
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