Trump’s bombing of Syria, and his making North Korea China’s problem, may be having the desired effect. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
After warnings yesterday, and on the heels of a “very good call” with President Trump, China has escalated its threats to North Korea over its nuclear tests. In another Global Times op-ed, China warns “if the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before…”
Yesterday’s editorial in the military-focused Global Times tabloid, owned and operated by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, said that North Korea’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China, and that if the North impacts China with its illicit nuclear tests through either “nuclear leakage or pollution”, then China will respond with force.
“China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China… If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back. By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own.”
This, as the editorial puts it, is the “bottom line” for China; should it be crossed China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back,” warned the editorial.
Overnight, Trump and Xi held a call, which Trump said went well…
Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump
Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea.
6:22 AM – 12 Apr 2017
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And today we see another Global Times editorial somewhat supporting US and increasing its threats to North Korea…