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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SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

"...warning Kim Jong Un that it would "remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first."

5-1 on the old Sarin gas gag, 10-1 on the WMD trick and even odds on the false American ship was fired on

EuroPox's picture

Any false flag plans had better be VERY good - I doubt the Chinese will be easy to fool and if they don't buy the false flag....

Stinkytofu's picture

guam is us territory.

lil fat man say he's gonna send some missiles to guam.

or at least to very near to guam,,,,,within 40km or so.

of course, 30 seconds after launch.....

i think this comes under attacking us soil.

close enough for hand grenades (and icbm's}.



Mr Hankey's picture

Jupiter is'murican territory.Never needed an excuse ,'murican assets or no.

attila404's picture

So, if I understand this correctly the price of Chinese neutrality is several million american lives. I say let's fuck some chinese shit up while we're at it. All conventional, but nuke the NK/China border just like McArthur wanted. Seal the border and then go medieval on their asses. NK on land while blowing up any chinese military ships leaving their docks. As to air, there's no question who the daddy is. Simple.

groundedkiwi's picture

Very appropiate signing off with the name Simple.

attila404's picture

What? What's your military solution then? Go ahead. I'm waiting.

hoist the bs flag's picture

there isn't one without starting WW3

keep waiting

attila404's picture

Only wild card is Russia, but I think they'll sit this one out.

FoggyWorld's picture

Possibly and I think that is what Putin would prefer but those Sanctions and Trump's waiting so long to sit down with Russia for all of two hours has put Putin in an awkward place at home.  

He is coming up for an election and our cavalier and sometimes downright rude treatment of Russia may force Putin to become increasingly anti-American.  I don't believe that is what he anticipated when Trump won but not standing firm against the Russia, Russia, Russia crowd is hurting Trump and the US as well.

There is a wonderful essay that came out late last night on ZH that explains exactly what happened during that so called attack and meddling by Russia in our election.  A good deal of that has been known by those who looked but finally someone has eloquently put all the pieces together.  

Trump needs to find less war like people to surround himself with or we all are going to be in very serious trouble.






attila404's picture

Trump made a mistake by playing the anti-russian hysteria. Russia is the one country in the world we don't want to fuck with. If Putin wants, he ca trash Europe in one week and there's not one damn thing we can do about that.

farflungstar's picture

If they were smart they would use diplomacy and sort of lure Russia away from China with an offer they can't refuse.

Instead all signs point to them continuing what Bush Jr. started, which is doing anything and everything to drive them into each other's arms in an alliance of necessity. 

No tact

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Our preferred solution is to hang people like you to prevent any more war mongering. Brainwashed moron can't think for themselves.

attila404's picture

OK snowflake. This is how world works. People with the best guns make the rules. Tell me one thing. What do you prefer? Be rulled by China or the U.S.? Meanwhile, why don't you go eat a bag of dicks?

flapdoodle's picture

Actually, I think you meant "rulled by China or Israel" although I must confess "rull" is a new one for me... is a new word or meme sort of like "Rick Rolled", perhaps the Lithuanian troll equivalent?

Philo Beddoe's picture

Slams microphone down then folds arms and makes devil horns with thumbs and pinky fingers.

Mr Hankey's picture

I think the odds for survival of decent 'muricans goes way up after we round up all the atilla404s & byte mes 4 re-education or extermination camps .Itz the duhlumattis & the harry lightnings WILL do the same to us.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Michigan is begging Fox Conn for a few jobs.  

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

ok, ok, we get it 1 2 3,,a us drone flies north, then turns and attacks a usa ship -gulf of tonkin style..china's conditions met..nk attacked us chinaman stands aside..simple no?

JoeySandwiches's picture

This will either stop another Korean war or start world war 3.


Wait and see now.

Fake Trump's picture

Trump is jammed. Fire and fury won't work. Backfired. 

silverer's picture

The only way to stop it is to just stop. Yes, it's possible.

Pacman7293's picture

Yea just live and let nuke. Brilliant!

FoggyWorld's picture

It certainly is possible but it does give North Korea more time to build increasingly dangerous weaponry.

Maybe a time out would be wise but we have to sit down with North Korea and most likely China and Russia as well to see if the resources directed toward Kim Jung Un's "hobby" might be spent more wisely.

That's a tall task made tougher now by Xi but we have to get back to that Art of the Deal that our President ran on.  Otherwise NK's stash of nukes with just get higher and higher.

RawPawg's picture

Talk about Asian Racism

US attacks first,China will step in and help defend NK

NK attacks first,China is Neutral

Alls Fair In Love,and War...My Ass 

rwe2late's picture

You are dense

If NK is stupid enough to attack the USA,the US doesn't need China's help.

If the USA is stupid enough to attack NK first, the NK will need China's help,

China is trying to prevent conflict,

Is that too subtle for you?

Pacman7293's picture

You are just a traitor to your country. Is that too subtle for you?

HRClinton's picture

No, it is DC that is treasonous to the country. 

Is that clear enough for you, you ill-informed, Useful Fool?

Tubs's picture

 Each missile launch that goes unchecked is a big finger to Trump. 

 NK is trying to dupe the Yanks into attacking first by arresting Trumps ego.

If they keep going it might just work, Trummp may have no choice politically but to hit a conventional button.......

flapdoodle's picture

Actually, no. North Korea is like one of those dog collars that can shock, and Trump has unwittingly put it around his own neck. China has the controls, which it uses to benefit itself, Russia and Iran.

When it looks like the Deep Fascist Police State is about to try some more war (whether in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Iran, the South China Sea), China pulls the puppet string and Little Kim sets off another rocket. North Korea is *quite* prepared to battle the US in all its glory, and their military has most likely received *quite* a bit of help from China, and probably Russia as well. They know what the US is capable of and I have no doubt they are well prepared to take a heavy blow.

The US is sounding a lot like the rich, decadent Austria-Hungarian Empire after Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. They billowed and threatened against Serbia, and eventually attacked them, and got their nose bloodied in the process...

The big problem for the US is what happens after a big hit against North Korea. After "shock and awe", what then when the Norks are still standing and laying waste to US bases in Korea? In the Orient (seems to apply to Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan as well), stamina and staying power is what leads to victory. Meethinks the US and its instantaneous gratification culture may be sorely lacking in that department, although they are getting really good lessons in Afghanistan ten plus years on...

My take is that if the US were about to try something foolish on the Russian border, or in Ukraine, or in Iran, Little Kim will set off a nuke almost immediately, like in the leader of a fight between two gang members having a third show up and brandish his Uzi.

We live in interesting times...

Pacman7293's picture

China is the most racist place on Earth. You are idenified by nationality EVERY DAY with people on a regular basis. They call you out in public, and they point and stare. Tell their kids to stay away. They are xenophobes ni plus ultra.

HRClinton's picture

So?  China will not submit to the world view of (((Liberal))) politics.

bigkahuna's picture

The saying uses the word "fair" with the other literal meaning  -- it indicates the opposite of being fair as in right or equitable in the positive sense

it actually means all is fair as in anything goes....anything, though nothing would ever preclude an equal opposite reaction in an attempt to make things equitable or eqaully nasty

...human nature can be awesome right? /s

Mike Masr's picture

False flag N. Korea missile launch?

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

I have thought for some time China is behind all this BS. Poking the US with a proxy.

BeepBeepRichie's picture

Ban chinese goods... theyre shit quality anyways.. buy american, buy local

silverer's picture

Good idea. Who sells the big stereo system I want that's made exclusively in the US for under $600?

BeepBeepRichie's picture

Bose, Boston Acoustics, Harman Kardan

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

Good idea. Who sells the big stereo system I want that's made exclusively in the US for under $600?

Klipsch : real wood, handmade by the finest purebred negros in indiana.

BeepBeepRichie's picture

I have klipsch speakers.. highly recommended 

Bai Suzhen's picture

Have a set of JBL studio monitors from the '70s.  Indestructable.  Two Dyna, hard wired, tube mono amps (David Hafler and Ed Laurent design) from the late '60s.  Tubes are made in the Slovak Republic.  EL34.  Probably immune to EMP if this thing doesn't get solved quickly.  Not sure that will help me, though.

flapdoodle's picture

The problem with high quality, high fidelity music equipment is that while now I am an old geezer who can afford high quality stuff, I am also a deaf old geezer and can hardly hear anything anyway. Well, anyway, my dogs can enjoy the high notes at least...

Bai Suzhen's picture

It doesn't matter if you can't hear.  Since you can afford it, buy a McIntosh or Accuphase amp, turn the lights down, and watch the meters bounce around.  Then hum a tune to yourself, and be happy knowing that you are in the 2% who can afford this stuff.

JPMorgan's picture

In other words... don't strike first because we will not support you under such conditions.

If North Korea attacks you then... fair enough.

Pacman7293's picture

No, in other words China will attack the USA. That's about it.