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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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FoggyWorld's picture

Yes, but we seem to need a cooling off period because the words thrown around have tempers way too high for any sort of sensible negotiations to take place.  

We can't ignore the needs of the South Koreans but their new President seems to have a good deal of common sense and it's possible - though remotely - that NK and SK could resolve things by themselves.

jin187's picture

North Korea will never compromise. The Kim family likes their power, wealth, and slaves, and they aren't going give up any of it in the face of anything other than total defeat and death.

That said, just because the Kim's won't compromise doesn't mean they'll get what they want. They may seem out of control, but their existence hinges solely on China's good graces. If they become a liability, China will be the one that takes them out.

farflungstar's picture

You really believe NK can hit the US mainland? LOL 

All the fake news outlets are screaming it in tandem so it must be true, right? Heaven knows, they never lie - and neither do the war-is-a-racket usual supsects.

You probably also believed Saddam had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and Gaddafi was handing out Viagra to his soldiers to make them more proficient rapists.

Go back to the kitchen, stupid.

keep the bastards honest's picture

Rogue state, what rogue state? Burgeoning EU-Iran relations signal US adrift

The phalanx of European leaders, ministers, and dignitaries, attending the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last weekend was a stunning snub to Washington. It was also a clear signal the US is losing its thrall over Europe.
HardAssets's picture

Obviously you don't have loved ones in Guam or Hawaii.

So f*ck you !

Lea's picture

Yes, no doubt the US would need a proper missile defense. I don't know if you know, but the THAAD thingy does not work. It is easily fooled by decoys.

And dont answer "never mind as long as they nuke Washington DC, or Chicago, or NY", or anywhere you don't live. Have you heard of the fallout and the nuclear winter? The whole of the US territory could be contaminated. And that means the place where you live, too.

hestroy's picture

Lol! We need USA to stop being aggressive bankrupt state.

wafm's picture

you on the other hand need brain replacement

Eyes Opened's picture

U need to re-name yourself... "delusionati".... fool...

general ambivalent's picture

HAHAHA! Fuck you, Blumpftards!

You really all deserve a Chinese concentration camp, but this is almost as good.

Worst president ever. 'MOSTR BYOUTIFUL CHOCOLATE CAKE! DOO SCOOPS DIBLOWMACEE!'

"Move in and YR FAAIIIRRRRDD!" - Xi. Goldman Brotherhood Omegas BTFO by true statesmen.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

rubiconsolutions's picture

"We need an import tax on China so we can build missle defense and the Chicoms will pay for it!"

An import tax on China would be levied against the consumers of the product or service. That's you and I pal. 

PoppinFresh's picture

Taxes are already high, which we spend on the biggest military budget in the world. You wanna tax our imports so that nearly every Chinese import is more expensive? It is the consumer in the end that will pay for it, not China who will just adjust prices accordingly.

Mr Hankey's picture

Dont attempt reason w/ duhluminatti.She was born to be a food unit for the State & wants everyone else to be, too."You can't fix stupid, vut slapping it around can make you feel better ".

null's picture

Not literally, not in American interests to Rely on anything from China.
But an a valid starting point to discuss ...

Jimbeau's picture

 Agenda 2030, here we come.

Byte Me's picture

Get your proxy pet under control then.

The Black Bishop's picture

How about you (the US) fuck off? You have no business meddling in the affairs of North or South Korea. So fuck off and go suck your own cock.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

How about you (the US) fuck off? You have no business meddling in the affairs of North or South Korea. So fuck off and go suck your own cock.

Dear Bishop,

the problem is there are some contries that still do not properly pay their goyim tax because they do not have a (((Central bank))),
thence the US has to bomb them until they have a (((central bank))), aka "democracy".

got it?

Dump's picture

HenryKissingerB and the Black Bishop....

Legends both of you.!

Byte Me's picture

"How about you (the US) fuck off? You have no business meddling in the affairs of North or South Korea. So fuck off and go suck your own cock."

Point of information: I'm not 'the US' and who gave you the snowflake complex anyway?

Go ram your avatar where the sun doesn't shine, it can keep your brain company.

The Black Bishop's picture

Snowflake complex? Are you fucking high from smoking your own breeches or something? Because you reek of shit. Stop trying to fucking fix the world. If anyone seems to have a fucking snowflake complex its you. Let the North and South Koreans fix their own relationship and stop interfering. Fucking retard.

Pacman7293's picture

We're at war with them dumbass.

HRClinton's picture

"We"?  Speak for yourself, Useful Fool.

Krungle's picture

You mean we started a war with them almost 70 years ago, couldn't beat them, refused to sign a peace treaty, and have been plotting, but unable to figure out how to beat them again over the course of 70 decades? We managed to sign treaties with Japan and Vietnam after some bad blood, but we just can't let this one go....

Big Hugh's picture

Seven Hundred Fucking Years????

Dump's picture

"How about you (the US) fuck off? You have no business meddling in the affairs of North or South Korea. So fuck off and go suck your own cock."

Thinking about this some more, it it exactly what the Chinese have said in the two quotes below:

"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.

and

"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," 

 

land_of_the_few's picture

Only problem is China didn't say that, it was just a newspaper.

BrownCoat's picture

@ Dump,

Read it again:

'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." '

Two different sources. In addition, what China says may be a lie, so 3 possible interpretations.

Xena fobe's picture

We will and we will take our consumers and manufacturers with us.  Good riddance.  Oh and get your spies, students, developers, H1B visa workers and colonists out of here.  Along with your damn pregnant visa seeking tourists. 

FoggyWorld's picture

The US would look beyond horrible in the eyes of the world if we abandoned the South Koreans who without us might quickly be crushed by their northern neighbor.

BrownCoat's picture

@ The Black Bishop,

"How about you (the US) fuck off? You have no business meddling in the affairs of North or South Korea"

Wrong! The US happened to have troops in South Korea after WWII when the North Koreans decided to conquer South Korea. NK has been at war ever since. 

What you (The Black Bishop) are pissed off about, is that China wants to expand its territory into the East China Sea and South China Sea and perhaps beyond. The US is standing in its way. China is using Fat Boy as a pawn in China's expansionist, world domination plan.

Grimaldus's picture

North Korea=China. China=North korea.

Chinese despot murderers all, specializing in killing their own people.

Chinese think they are so smart but they put on the stupid face of communism for all to see.

I could give a shit what they do, would not waste my time laughing at them even.

Plenty of ways to show the Chinese they are still our bitches without all the saber rattling.

 

 

 

 

Grimaldus

Philo Beddoe's picture

Yes, the Chinese are known for their stupidity.

Byte Me's picture

Yeah - the Koreans just luurve being called Chinese. Nip over to Seoul and tell them your views.

Better yet, try the same in PyongYang.

keep the bastards honest's picture

How many trillions do you owe them?

Mr Hankey's picture

Assume room temperature, 'murican dogfucker

attila404's picture

Good. At least the Chi Cons showed their hand. Now we know.

Bob's picture

Best news I've seen in months.

What could be a more common sense position for them to take? 

As if they should tolerate a US puppet regime right up on their border.

attila404's picture

The Chi Cons know the U.S. will not attack without being attacked. Best way to save face. Oh, and they probably also know that Fat Fuck will trip.

land_of_the_few's picture

Doubt it. They haven't actually said anything about it. Read the  Reuters article properly if you "don't understand".

DosZap's picture

Not of NK dissapears first you LYING two faced dikhed.

SloMoe's picture

I think they should go after each other. Sand wedges or anti-aircraft guns?

OliverAnd's picture

After the region is nuked I doubt there will be anyone living there.  What regime change?  There won't be anyone.

sheikurbootie's picture

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were rebuilt and inhabited a few years after bombs were dropped. 

 

OliverAnd's picture

One modern nuclear bomb is at least 10 times as powerful.  The radiation from such a blast will be detrimental for a larger area and for a much longer time; think Chernobyl.  We are not dealing with a hydrogen bomb; these are platonium/uranium powered.  Do you really think only one or two nuclear bombs will be dropped?  There will be multiple nukes.  

skinwalker's picture

You clearly know very little about warhead design.

Hint: relative to yield, the fallout produced by a modern warhead is much lower than with the ones dropped on Japan. The technology has advanced considerably, and the reaction is more efficient.

Mr Hankey's picture

Yes,newkes are much cleener& more humane even tho dey kin kill lots more peeps nowadayz.

IronForge's picture

Trams were running 4 days post Nuke in Hiroshima.

IronForge's picture

Trams were running 4 days post Nuke in Hiroshima.

Bill of Rights's picture

Dock that chink a days pay for nappin on the job...