China Warns Trump: “We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change”

In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.

“If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” it said.

At the same time, the Chinese regime made it clear that its preferred outcome would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would “remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first.” The article, cited by Rueters,  reiterated calls for a diplomatic solution. However, the possibility of talks between the two sides was looking increasingly remote as both Trump and Kim continued to exchange threats of nuclear annihilation, with Trump clarifying Thursday that his earlier promise to respond with “fire and fury” should the North continue to threaten the US may not have gone far enough.

China – North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner –  has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the United States, such as military drills, that it sees as escalating tensions.

“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial.

Meanwhile, as the North may be planning its next ICBM launch, the US is stepping up military exercises with Japan and South Korea.

 “On Thursday, U.S. and Japanese troops began an 18-day live fire exercise on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, which was to include rocket artillery drills and involve 3,500 troops. The Northern Viper drills are one of the scheduled exercises that Japan’s Self Defense Forces conducts regularly with their U.S. counterparts and are not a response to the latest tensions. South Korean and U.S. troops are also gearing up for an annual joint drill from Aug. 21, called the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, in which up to 30,000 U.S. troops will take part.”

US officials were also discussing coordinated contingency plans on Friday to formulate exactly how the allies would respond to an attack.

“South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his U.S. counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said. The two discussed responses to North Korean provocations and the security situation on the Korean peninsula, he said.”

Not surprisingly, analysts have compared the standoff between the two nuclear powers (the North is a recent, if untested, member of this club) to a modern day Cuban Missile crisis.  “This situation is beginning to develop into this generation’s Cuban Missile crisis moment,” ING’s chief Asia economist Robert Carnell said in a research note. “While the U.S. president insists on ramping up the war of words, there is a decreasing chance of any diplomatic solution.”

Judging by the markets’ reaction in the past 48 hours, this troubling reality has finally filtering through to risk assets.

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  • daniel1154

    Turns out the leader of that rally was an Obama supporter:

    Report: Charlottesville Racist Leader Was Former Occupy Activist, Obama Supporter

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports that Jason Kessler, the organizer of last Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is rumored to be a former Occupy Wall Street activist and supporter of Barack Obama.
    The left-wing SPLC is often partisan and overzealous in targeting hate groups, lumping legitimate conservative organizations together with actual extremists. Therefore its identification of Kessler’s left-wing roots is significant.

    The SPLC notes:

    Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.

    At one recent speech in favor of Charlottesville’s status as a sanctuary city, Kessler live-streamed himself as an attendee questioned him and apologized for an undisclosed spat during Kessler’s apparent involvement with Occupy. Kessler appeared visibly perturbed by the woman’s presence and reminders of their past association.

    The report goes on to say that Kessler’s right-wing views only became public in November 2016, though he himself says his change from left-wing extremist to right-wing extremist began in 2013, when a PR executive made a racial joke about Aids on her way to Africa, and found when she landed that she had lost her job in the ensuing backlash.

    In related news, reports emerged Monday that James Alex Fields, Jr., the 20-year-old who plowed his car into a left-wing counter-demonstration in Charlottesville, killing one and injuring several others, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a boy and had been given antipsychotic drugs. It is not clear if he is still taking them.

    Occupy Wall Street was a radical left-wing movement that began in 2011 in Manhattan and spread throughout the globe. It was committed to the destruction of the capitalist system, and included violent and extremist elements that waged confrontations with police in the fall and winter of 2011-2. President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Media Matters for America, and other Democrats nevertheless embraced the Occupy movement.

  • JohnDille

    YEAH…. WINK WINK… NOD NOD… TRUMP DENOUNCED HIS RIGHT WING WHITE SPREMACIST SUPPORTERS… BECAUSE HE HAD TO!!! AND ALL HIS RIGHT WING WHITE SUPREMACIST SUPPORTERS… PUPPETS LIKE YOU… KNEW THAT HE HAD TO DO THAT!!! AS FOR OBAMA… WHAT… EXACTLY… SHOULD HE HAVE DENOUNCED???? BLACK PEOPLE STANDING UP TO WHITE SUPREMACISTS WHO ARE MURDERING THEM BY THE HUNDREDS EVERY YEAR… NOT TO MENTIUON ALL THE OTHER RIGHT WING BLATANTLY RACIST CRAP THAT BLACK PEOPLE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK??? YOU SEEM TO FORGET THAT MY FIRST WIFE WAS A BLACK WOMAN… AND WE HAD 3 KIDS TOGETHER… AND I HAVE SEEN… WITH MY OWN EYES… JUST HOW BRAZENLY RACIST YOU RIGHT WINGERS REALLY ARE!!! YOU PIGS ARE DISGUSTING!!!!

  • daniel1154

    Yet Trump did denounce them, unlike Obama with Black Lives Matter.

  • JohnDille

    NOPE… WRONG YET AGAIN!!! WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND NEO NAZZZZIS AND THE KKK ARE ALL… ALL… ALLL.. SOLIDLY SUPPORTIVE OF DONALD TRUMP!! WHICH IS WHY TRUMP REFUSES TO DENOUNCE THEM… AND WHY DONALD TRUMP HAS FILLED HIS CABINET… AND MANY OTHER POSITIONS… WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE KNOWN TIES WITH…. AND WHO STRONGLY SYMPATHIZE WITH… RIGHT WINGERS LIKE YOU…. AND ALL YOUR KKK AND NEO NAZZZI AND WHITE SUPREMACIST BUDDIES!!!

  • daniel1154

    Yes, most southerners are Republican, but all KKK leadership in politics are identified with the Democrat party.

  • JohnDille

    WELL… SINCE YOU FLUNKED 4TH GRADE AMERICAN HISTORY, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT AWARE THAT NEARLY ALL SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS ARE NOW REPUBLICANS… MOSTLY RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS! WHICH MEANS, OF COURSE… THAT THE KKK DEMOCRATS OF 150 AND A 100 AND EVEN 50 YEARS AGO… ARE NOW ALL REPUBLICANS… TRUMP PUPPET REPUBLICANS…. JUST LIKE YOU!!! AREN’T YOU SO PROUD OF BEING A KKK NAZZZI WHITE SUPREMACIST CLONE… OR SHOULD THAT BE… CLOWN??? THE OLD SOUTH USED TO BE ALMOST TOTALLY SOLID DEMOCRAT… CONSERVATIVE SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS… WHO SUPPORTED MANY MAINSTREAM DEMOCRATIC POLICIES… BUT ABSOLUTELY NO MAIN STREAM DEMOCRATIC POLICIES THAT SUPPORTED THE IDEA OF WOMENS RIGHTS OR RIGHTS FOR MINORITIES. WHEN MAIN STREAM DEMOCRATS… WITH SOME HELP FROM LIBERAL AND MODERATE NORTHERN REPUBLICANS… VOTED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTING RIGHTS ACTS OF THE MID 1960’S…. SOUTHERN… AND SME OTHER… DEMOCRATS BEGAN TO REBEL BY SUPPORTING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES AND REPUBLICAN CAUSES… AND BY THE MID 1990’S, THAT SHIFT WAS TOTAL!!! THUS… THE 1994 SWEEP OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE RACES IN THAT YEAR… AND THUS… THE REPUBLICAN CONTRACT ON AMERICA!!! SO… NOW… THE SOUTH IS SOLIDLY REPUBLICAN… AND WOULD BE FAR MORE SOLIDLY REPUBLICAN IF BLACK VOTERS WERE ONCE AGAIN DENIED THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE…. LIKE CONSERVATIVES… BACK THEN… SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS… TODAY REPUBLICANS FROM ALL OVER THE USA… WERE TO GO BACK TO DENYING WOMEN AND MINORITIES AND LIBERALS THE RIGHT TO VOTE… LIKE THEY DID FOR MORE THAN 150 YEARS!!! AND GUESS WHAT… RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO DESTROY THE VOTING RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES AND OTHER DEMOCRATS…. IN NUMEROUS STATES ALL OVER THE USA!!! REPUBLICANS HAVE BEREN VERY ACTIVELY SUPPRESSING THE MINORITY VOTE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW…. WHICH… ALONG WITH RUSSIAN SUPPORT… IS WHY TRUMP WON…. AND WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS STARTING TO DISAPPEAR… AS YOU SO FREQUENTLY LIKE TO CROW ABOUT!!! SO… EITHER YOU ARE TOTALLY STUPID AND DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS HUGE SHIFT IN THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM…. OR YOU ARE JUST LYING TO YOURSELF… AND EVERYONE ELSE… BY CLAIMING THAT IT DID NOT HAPPEN… OR BY PRETENDING THAT IT NEVER HAPPENED!!! SO… WHICH IS IT DANIEL… ARE YOU STUPID… OR A LIAR…. OR MAYBE BOTH!!! I AM GOING WITH… BOTH!!! SAD!!!

  • daniel1154

    We all know the KKK was founded by the Democrat party, promoted by the Democrat party, and the it’s leaders became leaders of the Democrat party. What is your point Comrade Dillweed?

  • JohnDille

    Driver in custody after car rams into crowd following Virginia white nationalist rallyMore

    The driver of a car that plowed into a crowd of demonstrators after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday has been arrested, as city officials report that one person has died and 19 are injured following the incident.

    White nationalist and other attendees clashed with those who arrived to oppose the demonstration, which began with a torch-wielding group marching through the city Friday evening and was intended to culminate in an event entitled “Unite the Right,” set to begin at noon on Saturday.

    However, the event was shut down by authorities in the early afternoon. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city and police ordered the crowds to disperse.

    Video taken in the afternoon after the demonstration was shut down shows crowds of anti white supremacist protesters walking peacefully down a downtown Charlottesville street as several cars move slowly along the same avenue. Abruptly, a gray Dodge Challenger rams into the back of another vehicle at high speed, slamming one or more cars ahead of it amid the crowd of protesters. The driver then rapidly reverses away from the scene. Most of the injured were from a group of black and white college students, protesting the KKK!!!

  • daniel1154

    Those words were from the actual bill Dillweed. You really are pathetic.

    From the UK Daily mail, after the vote:

    Bush wins Congress backing over war on Iraq

    The Democrat led Senate voted 77-23 for a war powers resolution for Bush.

    The U.S. Congress has granted President George W. Bush the authorisation he sought to wage war if necessary to disarm Iraq, as the Senate followed the House of Representatives to support him with overwhelming votes.
    Handing Bush a major victory, the Democratic-led Senate voted 77-23 for a war powers resolution negotiated between the White House and congressional leaders backing a possible use of force to rid Iraq of suspected weapons of mass destruction and possibly oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

  • JohnDille

    SO… YOU POST STUFF WITHOUT EVEN UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT IS THAT YOU ARE POSTING??? READ YOUR OWN POST… AGAIN…. AND ACTUALLY THINK… IF THAT IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU…ABOUT WHAT IT IS ACTUALLY SAYING!!!”The resolution authorized President Bush to use the Armed Forces of the United States “as he determines to be necessary and appropriate” MOST OF THOSE WHO VOTED HAD NO IDEA THAT HE HAD BEEN PLANNING TO INVADE IRAQ… EVEN BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE! AND THERE WAS NOTHING IN THAT VOTE THAT SUPPORTED THE WAR POWERS ACT THAT WOULD HAVE RATIFIED HIS DECISION TO START ANOTHER STUPID WAR… HIS SECOND WAR… IN JUST HIS FIRST 2 YEARS IN OFFICE!!! EVEN REPUBLICANS DID NOT BELIEVE THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN STUPID ENOUGH TO DO THAT!!!

  • daniel1154

    He’s not smoking. He’s just an old, bitter, defeated and angry left wing fool.

  • daniel1154

    Pathetic effort on your part Comrade Dillweed. This is what those Democrats voted for and supported, when it was politically popular to do so, before they backtracked for political purposes later.

    The Iraq Resolution (formally the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002,[1] Pub.L. 107–243, 116 Stat. 1498, enacted October 16, 2002, H.J.Res. 114) is a joint resolution passed by the United States Congress in October 2002 as Public Law No: 107-243, authorizing military action against Iraq.[2]

    “The resolution authorized President Bush to use the Armed Forces of the United States “as he determines to be necessary and appropriate” in order to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq.”

  • JohnDille

    YEAH. I MEAN THE RESOLUTION GIVING BUSH JUNIOR THE MORAL AND POLITICAL SUPPORT HE WANTED TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN… TO GET RID OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND SUCH THAT HE DID NOT ACTUALLY HAVE!!! THAT IS WHAT THAT VOTE WAS ACTUALLY FOR… DESPITE YOU RIGHT WINGERS CONSTANTLY TROTTING OUT THE LIE YOU ARE IMPLYING… THAT DEMOCRATS WERE IN FAVOR OF WAR! THEY WERE NOT… AND SAID SO AS SOON AS BUSH JUNIOR STARTED HIS INSANE INVASION OF IRAQ!!!

  • daniel1154

    You mean the invasion of Iraq that Hillary Clinton and all those other Democrats voted for?

    Here are the Democratic Senators who voted YEA for the invasion of Iraq on October 2002.

    Baucus (D-MT), Yea
    Bayh (D-IN), Yea
    Biden (D-DE), Yea
    Breaux (D-LA), Yea
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Carnahan (D-MO), Yea
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Cleland (D-GA), Yea
    Clinton (D-NY), Yea
    Daschle (D-SD), Yea
    Dodd (D-CT), Yea
    Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Edwards (D-NC), Yea
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Hollings (D-SC), Yea
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Kerry (D-MA), Yea
    Kohl (D-WI), Yea
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
    Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
    Miller (D-GA), Yea
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Nelson (D-NE), Yea
    Reid (D-NV), Yea
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    Torricelli (D-NJ), Yea

  • bc

    WTF R U smokin’ ???

  • JohnDille

    SO… GEORGE BUSH JUNIOR STARTED 2 MAJOR WARS, HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD… AND BOTH OF THOSE WARS WERE INCREDIBLY STUPID!!! SO… WHY DIDN’T HE START A THIRD WAR… AND TAKE OUT NORTH KOREA??? I GUESS BUSH JUNIOR WANTED TO BE THE ONE WHO WAS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA!!! OR… MAYBE HE JUST DID NOT MUCH EVEN NOTICE NORTH KOREA… AND WHY SHOULD HE HAVE NOTICED NORTH KOREA???? ITS A TINY LITTLE NOWHERE NOTHING NATION THAT WOULD ONLY MATTER IF THE UNITED STATES HAD A PRESIDENT THAT IS STUPID ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING DRASTIC IN RESPONSE TO THAT TINY NOWHERE NOTHING LITTLE NATION AND ITS TINY TRUMP TYPE LOUD MOUTH DICTATOR! NOW… WE HAVE SUCH A POTUS… HEAVEN HELP US ALL… AND THE WORLD TREMBLES AT THE THOUGHT OF WHAT DONALD TRUMP MIGHT DO!!! USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO SMASH A NEST OF COCKROACHES OR A HORNETS NEST… AND THUS STIR UP TROUBLE THAT COULD CAUSE ENORMOUS DAMAGE AND MASSIVE HORRORS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! TRUMP… NOT KIM… IS THE REAL THREAT HERE!!!

  • JohnDille

    SO, NOW… LET US LOOK AT THIS LIKE A LIBERAL WOULD… IN A RATIONAL RESPONSIBLE WAY!!! CHINA AND RUSSIA AND JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES… AND OF COURSE NORTH KOREA… REALLY WANT THE STATUS QUO TO CONTINUE PRETTY MUCH AS IT HAS FOR THE LAST 65 YEARS OR SO… EACH NATION FOR DIFFERENT REASONS, TO SERVE THERI OWN BEST INTERESTS. NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN PLAYING ITS WOUNDED BEAR ROUTNE FOR DECADES…. BETTER NOT ATTACK US OR THERE WILL BE HADES TO PAY!!! AND ALL THE RELEVANT NATIONS HAVE BEEN PLAYING ALONG WITH NORTH KOREA BECAUSE THEY ALL UNDERSTAND THAT NORTH KOREA IS THE KEYSTONE IN THAT REGION…. TAKE OUT THAT KEYSTONE, AND EVERYTHING FALLS APART!!! AND IF EVERYTHING FALLS APART, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND PROBABLY MILITARY HADES WILL BREAK LOOSE!!! SO… THEY HAVE ALL WISELY WORKED TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO… WITH ADJUSTMENTS HERE AND THERE… KNOWING THAT… EVENTUALLY…. NORTH KOREA WILL GROW UP… OR SELF DESTRUCT!!! NO ONE WANTS EITHER OF THOSE TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN, SO THEY ALL DO NOTHING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN… AND THE WORLD HAS TURNED FOR 65 YEARS WITHOUT MUCH OF ANYTHING HAPPENING!!! NOW… ALONG COMES DONALD RUMP, WHOSE UNDERSTANDING OF ANYTHING BEYOND HOW TO PLAY GOLF AND HOW TO DEFRAUD WORKING PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESSES IS SEVERELY LIMITED… AND HE IS THREATENING TO TIP OVER THE APPLE CART… AND GENERATE POTENTIALLY GLOBAL NUCLEAR WAR! DONALD TRUMP AND HIS CHILDISH VIEW OF THE WORLD IS THE REAL THREAT, HERE… AND EVERY RESPONSIBLE INFORMED PERSON AROUND THE WORLD KNOWS THAT!!! EVERYONE KNOWS THAT NORTH KOREA WILL RATTLE ITS MISSILES AND WHATEVER… LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR MANY DECADES, NOW… BUT THEY ARE NOT SUICIEAL… THEY WILL DO NOTHING MAJOR AND STUPID!!! BUT DONALD TRUMP WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY DO SOMETHING STUPID… BECAUSE HE IS ARROGANT AND EGOSTISTICAL AND CHILDISH AND A DICTATOR WANNABE…. AND NOW HE HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO PLAY WITH… AND HE REALLY REALLY REALLY WANTS TO USE THEM!!! HE HAS SAID SO A NUMBER OF TIMES!!!

  • daniel1154

    So Comrade Dillweed. What do you think of your President Clinton being ultimately responsible for all of this?

    Bill Clinton Paved the Way for a Nuclear North Korea
    Democratic president’s 1994 dealmaking with Pyongyang started a process that led to ICBM capabilities

    Clinton’s words after the deal he agreed to:

    “Before I take your questions, I’d like to say just a word about the framework with North Korea that Ambassador Gallucci signed this morning. This is a good deal for the United States,” Clinton said at the press conference.
    “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.
    “South Korea, with support from Japan and other nations, will bear most of the cost of providing North Korea with fuel to make up for the nuclear energy it is losing, and they will pay for an alternative power system for North Korea that will allow them to produce electricity while making it much harder for them to produce nuclear weapons.
    “The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments. Only as it does so will North Korea fully join the community of nations.”