China has a problem. kim jung-un, the deranged lunatic running its neighbor, North Korea, is doing everything he can to start a war with the most powerful country on earth – and largest market for Chinese goods.
And now that kim has told us all he is going to fire missiles at the US territory of Guam, China’s head of state, Xi Jinping, and his people, have to devise a strategy that keeps their country out of a war and – if at all possible – keeps North Korea quiet (who cares if its people have no freedoms whatsoever and are starving in the streets, that is of no concern, you see).
So how is he trying to walk this tightrope?
China’s government drew a line in the sand Friday, saying it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the U.S. but would defend its Asian neighbor if the U.S. strikes first, Chinese state media reported.
The Chinese response follows a week filled with a number of hot-headed proclamations between North Korea and the U.S.
On Wednesday, North Korea released a statement saying it would follow through with a plan to launch four missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam by mid-August
What does this mean? No one knows for sure.
But my guess (make that hope) is that Xi Ping will now remind North Korea’s Lunatic In Charge that China is the one and only reason his country even exists (it accounts for 90% of its entire international trade) and to tone it down – fast – or there will be consequences. And if kim jung-un has enough of a brain to understand he is being told that China is threatening to remove him – either from office, from earth, or both – he will obey his master’s commands.
If it plays out this way, the USA will not have a military conflict with North Korea and China will not only have shown its strength and resolve to the world, but will have avoided having to deal with that conflict.
Let me say again that I, of course, have no idea if this is what will happen. But, at least as of now, it may be the best short-term scenario.