Does Donald Trump Have What It Takes To Deal With Xi Jinping?
If Donald Trump is as intellectually lacking as we’ve suspected since his inauguration, we’ll know for certain when he hosts China’s President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at Mar-a-Largo this week. President Xi has a few issues to settle with the so-called leader of the free world and from the language candidate Trump used on the campaign trail to describe how the Chinese were “raping” America through trade and currency manipulation, you can be sure Xi will be prepared to give Trump a few lessons in the art of tough negotiations.
After China backed Trump down over its One-China Policy, while continuing to expand its reach and influence in the South China Sea dispute without much more than harsh warnings, it’s difficult to see what leverage the United States can exert over China to change its course of action. In fact, the United States desperately needs China’s cooperation in pressuring North Korea to chill with the nuclear testing and long range missile development. Since North Korea is more of a nuisance than a threat to China, Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, has already signaled Beijing’s position on that issue prior to President Xi’s visit.
According to Wang Yi, China has urged North Korea to slow their roll toward “The Bomb” while at the same time urging the U.S. to ease up with its massive military drills with South Korea. Wang says it only ticks Kim Jung-un off. Wang Yi says, “The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other, with neither side willing to give way”. Wang Yi said, “The question is, are the two sides ready for a head on collision?” Wang Yi says, China’s priority is to flash a red light and apply breaks on both trains. And from our observations, Wang Yi might be right. Only direct negotiations can avoid a dangerous confrontation.
As of late, we’ve been hearing a lot of saber rattling against North Korea. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Washington’s policy of “strategic patience” had ended. What does that mean? Secretary Tillerson said, “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we think requires action, that option is on the table.” What is that level? Secretary Tillerson said the North Korea threat is imminent. Is this really true? And this is precisely why we agree with foreign minister Wang Yi. Kim Jung-un is crazy enough to believe a nuclear arsenal is the only defense against the United States and the Trump administration is crazy enough to believe a military option will deter Kim Jung-un.
Bottom line: North Korea has feared the United States since the two nations fought to a draw more than sixty four years ago and have been preparing for another major conflict with the United States ever since. If the reports of North Koreans being starved and worked like slaves in order to funnel every spare N.K. won into the military for national defense, these people won’t be as easy to defeat as we’ll be told. And China has no intentions of lifting a finger to help. Word to the wise. Keep your eyes on this story. Podcast below.